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Bristol council offices close for refurb

Posted by Mark
November 21, 2014 in Office Design & Fit Out

City Hall in Bristol has closed down for a major 18-month renovation and  office fit out  office fit out programme.

Bristol City Council is looking to save £50m and increase operational efficiency by the works.

The Grade II-listed council headquarters is being entirely overhauled in the construction programme, following extensive discussions with English Heritage. The body responsible for protecting Britain’s fabric of buildings will also be taking a big part throughout the undertaking.

The imposing external facade and parts of the interior will have corrective works, but the site’s heritage will be retained. The Council Chamber will remain largely unaltered, for example.

However, across all other floors of the building, a wide-sweeping remodelling will take place. Open  office flooring  office flooring and the creation of flexible work areas will be a theme seen throughout.

The Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson, said:

“City Hall is one of Bristol’s finest buildings but the office areas are in dire need of refurbishment and re-ordering to increase both working and energy efficiency. However it is vital in this process that we safeguard the architectural integrity of the building for future generations.”

Although all staff working for the council have now been relocated across the city, the Council Chamber will remain open for full assembly meetings. These will continue to be broadcast live online too, ensuring no disruption to democratic operations within the city.

Other meetings will take place at Brunel House on George Street, with the Mayor also based here throughout the works.

The refurbishment works are due to finish in the summer of 2016.

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