Castleforge Partners has selected MoreySmith to design a new co-working scheme for the ‘Generator Building’ at the new Finzels Reach development in Bristol. The 35,523 sq ft Grade II* listed building formerly housed the generator which powered the city’s tram system.
This architectural landmark will now be transformed to provide a new home for local businesses in the heart of the city.
Designing from a derelict shell, MoreySmith’s scheme for the iconic red brick and stone building includes a café and bar on the ground floor with dedicated events space for Clockwise co-working members.
The double height void at the main entrance matches the impressive scale of the building, with a secondary Clockwise entrance to the back of the building that allows members more direct access to the office floors.
The third and fourth floors create a unique double height space with a walkway around the perimeter of the fourth floor. Here the original cathedral-like windows flood light into the breakout spaces as well as central offices. The fifth floor has been adapted to house pod-like structures between the rhythms of the trusses, forming mezzanine level offices within the volumetric floor.
Original glazed bricks will all be retained creating a beautifully light interior.
The ‘Generator Building’ is part of the Finzels Reach development in the heart of the city and is due to complete in December 2020.