33 Colston Street, University of Bristol

Client: University of Bristol

Architect: Oxford Architects

BREEAM: Very Good

This University of Bristol student residence has undergone refurbishment and fit-out at 33 Colston Street following a major fire which left the building in need of extensive repair. Given the nature of the need for refurbishment, the project had a pressing deadline. The project was complex, due to the insurance requirements for a ‘like-for-like’ design, whilst achieving energy savings, material improvements and more stringent Building Regulations to be met under the BREEAM 2014 Refurbishment and Fit-out scheme criteria. Recognising this, and identifying the most pragmatic way of meeting the multiple stakeholders’ aspirations was an ambitious aspect of the project.

We provided specialist sustainability advice since feasibility stage and were able to provide quick responses to design queries when looking at improved fabric efficiency or energy improvements, for example, despite the existing windows, chimneys and roof being retained. The building achieved a BREEAM Very Good rating.