Underfall Yard, Bristol

Client: Underfall Yard Trust

Architect: Alec French Architects

Underfall Yard is a Scheduled Ancient Monument in Bristol’s historic docks which includes Grade II* listed workshops and warehouses and the original Brunel sluice mechanism which controls the water level in the docks.

This £3m project is partly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and includes the restoration of the site and a new visitor centre. Some of the existing buildings are being upgraded to provide additional workshop and office space to provide on-going rental income and to bring them back into commercial use. A new visitor centre, converted from a redundant boiler house, includes working historic machinery and an interpretative display to show the history of the docks.

We helped produce the successful HLF Round 2 funding application and continued our input through the detailed design period and during construction. The Trust also takes a keen interest in Bristol Docks as a whole and in maintaining Bristol’s maritime heritage. In partnership with Bristol City Council, the Trust is planning a major expansion of its activities by taking over other redundant buildings in the yard from the Council.

Awards: Bristol Civic Society 2017 Design Award