AlecFrenchArchitects are celebrating the practice’s 90th Anniversary throughout 2018.
The practice saw a marked increase in commercial and office-related developments throughout the 1970s. A number of the projects completed within this time period have been revisited by the practice to further the life of the buildings. These projects include NatWest Court and the award winning conversion of Redcliffe Parade.
Armourers House, Bristol
Armourers House was one of many developments carried out by the practice in and around Queen Square. The modern office accommodation soon became the new home of Alec French Partnership and remained so until the practice moved to its present day location.
Pembroke House, Bristol
This sensitive site in Clifton was redeveloped as office accommodation on the former site of a semi-detached villa. Recent refurbishment works have ensured the building’s longer term future.
Guildhall Shopping Centre
The City of Bristol continued the post war rebuilding campaign with the redevelopment of a number of bomb damaged sites within the city centre.
Alec French & Partners were especially busy in one concentrated area off College Green. New infill office buildings were developed opposite the green at College House & 39-43 College Green highlighted below along with the new Harveys Wine Cellars directly behind these buildings on Denmark Street.
During the decade, the practice also designed Bridge House on Baldwin Street, the Pearl Assurance House on Queen Square, Embassy House on Queens Avenue, Minster House on Baldwin Street, along with a number of buildings in and around Queen’s Square.
NatWest Court involved the redevelopment of the former Everard’s Printing Works site in the heart of the Old City, incorporating three Listed buildings while retaining the Medieval street patterns and alignment of the old town wall. Today, the practice is redeveloping the site into a mixed-use scheme which will deliver a new 4* hotel, residential and commercial accommodation, and much needed improvements to the surrounding public realm.