Imperial Tobacco Headquarters (Phase 2), Bristol
AWW’s design for the new-look façade posed different challenges to that of Phase 1, both in manufacturing panel lengths of up to 6.8m and in installation for the specialist sub-contractor, Massey Cladding Solutions.
Proteus’ leading-edge manufacturing process managed to produce the panels in up to 6.8m lengths while maintaining optical flatness, while Proteus’ technical team worked with Massey Cladding Solutions to deliver and install the panels to the highest possible standards of safety and quality.
AWW wanted a pronounced vertical joint to accentuate the vertical panel layout so Proteus designed the zinc panels with a “snap-in” vertical zinc feature profile that could be inserted post-panel installation.
The provision of a new air conditioning system caused issues with roof mounting and thus altering the original line of the roof. To maintain the required aesthetics the air conditioning unit was sunk within the line of the existing building and left open top with a change in façade treatment to a perforated Proteus SC Panel, providing the necessary additional free air flow whilst maintaining the building aesthetics.
The provision of a new air conditioning system caused issues with roof mounting and potentially altering the original line of the roof. The air conditioning unit was sunk within the line of the existing building and left open–top with a change in façade treatment to a perforated Proteus SC Panel, which provided the necessary additional free air flow while maintaining the building aesthetics.
Imperial Tobacco was keen there was no differential between neighbouring Phase 1 (its new headquarters) and Phase 2 (the refurbished factory) in either appearance or character. The quality of the factory’s internal environment, including open-plan offices, a multi-functional meeting suite, café and external terraces bring a consistent design philosophy and approach to that of the headquarters building.
Phase II has evolved to sit comfortably within a new era of Imperial Tobacco. The tired remains of the former factory have taken on a new lease of life to proudly stand beside the state-of-the-art headquarters. Phase II is more than just an office space. It is proud to boast elements of community benefit of which the commercial-standard nursery is just one.
An AWW spokesman said: “It was considered most appropriate that the refurbished building fitted in with the style and quality of the new headquarters building whilst retaining as much of the existing building fabric as possible.”