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Constructing Hall & Woodhouse Portishead

Hall & Woodhouse- Portishead Marina

Constructed from 28 recycled shipping containers, Hall & Woodhouse Portishead is a brand new, £2.4 million pub-restaurant located at Portishead Marina. The building took 10 months to construct and opened its doors in November 2012.

Hall & Woodhouse Portishead is located opposite the Bristol Channel and the use of containers reflects the idea of travel by sea. The theme is further emphasised in the cargo-like signage and other graphics designed for external walls and used within the rooms and corridors.

The pub-restaurant covers a gross floor area of 2,400 sq metres and is characterised by glazed open spaces with a strong horizontal emphasis. This aspect of the site’s unique design contrasts with the more solid and enclosed areas of the pub-restaurant – including its back of house areas – to create a tight building composition.

During construction of Hall & Woodhouse Portishead, the shipping units arrived fully insulated, decorated and fitted out, so were ready for stacking. As the structure is self-supporting it needed no additional framework and the site’s plug-in-and-go services made for a simple build and a rapid installation.

Additional work on the development included the installation of associated landscaped areas and tree planting.

Since the site opened the feedback from diners has been very positive, with many good comments being made about the structure, the designers and the construction team.

ISG was the main contractor on Hall & Woodhouse Portishead, whilst Alexie Calvert-Ansari was the project architect. Furness Partnership was the structural engineer for detail related to the containers which were supplied by Urban Space Management. Fidler Partnership was responsible for the rest of the building work on the project and Moordown Contractors was the mechanical engineer.

Hall & Woodhouse- Portishead Marina

Commenting on the new site, Retail Director at Hall & Woodhouse, David Hoare, said:

“Constructing this magnificent pub-restaurant is the culmination of a plan to build something truly special. Hall & Woodhouse is a family owned brewery, with great hospitality at its core, but with the vision and guidance of Mackenzie Wheeler we have really pushed the boundaries to create a destination venue that is completely relevant to its setting. The building has to be seen to fully understand the way it fits within the surrounding maritime landscape.”

Rupert Wheeler of Mackenzie Wheeler added:

“Portishead Quays operated as commercial docks for many years so we felt that it provided a perfect setting for a development made with shipping containers. These containers not only set the venue apart in terms of style and ‘wow’ factor, they also provide a reference to the site’s past.”

Hall & Woodhouse is an independent family brewer, owned and operated by the fifth generation of the Woodhouse family. The company has more than 260 pubs in its portfolio in locations including Exeter, Eastbourne, Hemel Hempstead and Bath, which the Mail on Sunday described as “one of the six places you should see when visiting Bath.”

For more information on Hall & Woodhouse, including the new site in Portishead, please visit:

Terence Fidler Partnership Ltd

Terence Fidler Partnership Ltd is a consulting structural engineering practice working across a multitude of projects, from commercial and domestic projects, to leisure and residential schemes. The company has been in operation since 1997 and in this time has worked on projects ranging from luxury country house hotel Chewton Glenn in Hampshire, refurbishment of public houses and restaurants throughout the UK, to new build housing schemes in Hertfordshire.

Working with Hall & Woodhouse, Terence Fidler Partnership is responsible for the design of each site’s structural elements, whether it is a new build or a refurbishment project. To date, Terence Fidler Partnership has worked with Hall & Woodhouse for over six years and recently was involved with the Portishead site.

For Hall & Woodhouse Portishead, Terence Fidler Partnership was responsible for all structural design work; from piled foundations and ground beams, steel frame through to the RC roof slab capable of sustaining an additional 4 storeys of containers for future expansion.

Terence Fidler Partnership Ltd. Company Director, Jason Fidler, said:

“Hall & Woodhouse Portishead was an interesting build. Due to its unique design we encountered a few challenges, however we overcame these and it was great to be involved with this project.

“At Terence Fidler Partnership we pride ourselves on flexibility of design, the speed of service and our ability to turn information around quickly, in order to assist the project team.”

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