Alec French Architects have been commissioned to develop proposals for a temporary office building to sit alongside the existing Forum Building on the Bristol and Bath Science Park. The new building will provide much needed office space for the park and has been designed to utilise off-site manufacture to expediate construction with a focus on the creation of high quality office space. The new office building will be subservient to the larger Science Park buildings acting as a pavillion overlooking [...]
Launchpad is a partnership between United Communities Housing Association, Bristol University Students Union, 1625 Independent people (1625ip) and Bristol City Council with the support of property industry charity LandAid. The vision is to create a diverse, supportive and sustainable community of Bristol University students, young people moving on from 1625ip and young key workers, linked within their local and Bristol University community. Members, through self-management of the scheme will contribute to their community, become active citizens, gain valuable skills, make [...]
Alec French are working with Unite Students to prepare a planning application for the Old Bristol Royal Infirmary and adjacent land. The proposal comprises of 62 private residential flats in the old building, refurbishment of the listed chapel and student new build to the south of the site with associated improvements to the public realm including a new square. Pre-Application discussions with Bristol City Council are ongoing with a view to the submission of a full application at the end [...]
The construction of the new 6th Form Centre at The Corsham School is progressing well. The external timber wall panels and roof panels have been attached to the steel portal frame. The timber stud framing for the internal partition walls is up and the timber battens to support the larch cladding is being attached. When complete, the building will provide flexible space for the school with a common room, study spaces, offices, kitchenette, WCs and storage.
Being Brunel for the SS Great Britain Trust continues to successfully win awards this year. Pleasingly they are for Culture and Leisure as well as for Architecture. Recent wins include: Bristol Property Awards - Winner Civic Development, Heritage + Museum Awards - Best Permanent Exhibition, RICS Regional Awards - Winner Leisure and Tourism Award. The project is currently shortlisted for an ICE Structural Award, Michaelmore's Property Award and most excitingly European Museum of the Year 2019. Following all this success we are pleased to [...]
Being Brunel for the SS Great Britain Trust, has been shortlisted for a 2019 RICS Regional Award in the Tourism and Leisure category. In 2013, the practice was asked to prepare architectural proposals for ‘Being Brunel’, a plan to restore Brunel’s Listed Grade II* Drawing Office, and replace the partly derelict 20th Century dockside buildings which run alongside Brunel’s SS Great Britain, to transform them into a new visitor experience and museum. The museum tells the extraordinary story of hero [...]
On 13th February our Senior Associate Joy Stone was a guest speaker at the Women in Property Tools of the Trade event hosted by RISE Structures at VWV offices.
The reputation of the practice continued to rise from the outset of the new Millennium.
The 1990s saw the Alec French Partnership build on the new design direction which began in the preceeding decade. A wide range of award winning projects covering an ever broadening number of sectors would help redefine the practice.
During the 1960s, the range of buildings the practice delivered continued to evolve. A number of speculative and end-user office buildings were developed alongside purpose-built university buildings, wine cellars, and more. The architectural style also evolved into a much more modernist approach characteristic of the decade as witnessed across the country.