AlecFrenchArchitects are celebrating the practice’s 90th Anniversary throughout 2018.
The practice began to take on a new direction in terms of architectural design in the early 1980s following the appointment of new directors. Award winning projects delivered through the decade further raised the profile of the practice and extended the range of buildings undertaken ever since.
During the 1980s, the practice contributed to the redevelopment of a number of town centres in the region. These developments included, clockwise from top left, the Old Market Centre in Taunton (Civic Trust Commendation), St. Mary Centre in Thornbury (Civic Trust Commendation), New Broadmead in Bristol, and Kings Chase Shopping Centre in Kingswood. Other projects included the Gammon Lane Centre in Barnstaple, Northgate Centre in Yate, and New Bond Street in Bath (Bath Environmental Award).
1 Bridewell Street, Bristol
The development at Bridewell Street set a new standard for offices in the city, receiving an RIBA Award in the process. Planned around a full-height atrium, the five floors of office accommodation took full advantage of views across the city while the building’s design reduced overall energy consumption and was recognised by the Building Research Council as an exemplar building.
Behind the classical 1837 facade of the former hotel commissioned by Brunel for passengers America-bound on the Great Western Steamship, the practice introduced some 8,000sqm of modern office accommodation arranged over five floors around a central courtyard. The project included the preservation of the historic Horse Bazaar adjacent to the site. The building became the home of Bristol City Council’s planning department for a number of years.