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Hawkfield Business Park, Bristol

  • Client:
    Bristol City Council
  • Architect:
    AHR
  • Value:
    £12m
  • Our role:
    Mechanical and Electrical engineering design
    Zero Carbon (CIBSE TM54 and Embodied Carbon)

Conversion of the former Kelston industrial site at Hawkfield Business Park into new film studios to enable Bottleyard Studios to expand from their existing site next door and increase stages on offer at the studios from eight to 11.

The filming spaces will be accompanied by ancillary spaces including production offices, prop stores, costume/makeup areas and break out areas, amounting to 82,000 sq ft of converted floor space in total.

Energy supply will be supported by a large PV array, improved insulation and a BMS system designed to enable energy conservation. Transport around the Studios’ expanded footprint will be carbon neutral, with electric vehicle (EV) points and ample cycling provision supporting low carbon movement.


Challenges

  • Ventilation to the studios must be exceptionally quiet so as not interfere with filming whilst providing comfortable conditions throughout
  • Existing building fabric in need of improvement to reduce HVAC loads and reduce energy use
  • Flexibility required to meet a wide range of different needs from film companies

Benefits to the client

  • Large capacity ventilation and cooling to studios meets NR 20 standard and ensures a high quality space which is easily lettable to clients
  • Large PV array on roof helps to offset carbon emissions with renewable electricity
  • 2MVA high-capacity electrical distribution to allow full flexibility for filming loads in all studios