Bringing Electricity House to life
Located on Colston Avenue, Bristol, Crest Nicholson’s Electricity House is a unique development comprising 85 luxury city pads, one and two bed apartments, plus a selection of stunning one, two and three bedroom duplex apartments. The high specification properties boast a concierge and secure parking, as well as bespoke details.
Situated within the heart of the city, Electricity House brings bags of history and has been an iconic Bristol landmark since the late 1930s. Crest Nicholson acquired the building in 2014 and since then, has worked alongside architects Stride Treglown to unite its heritage with the requirements of contemporary living. Final completion is scheduled for April 2016.
In 1924, the Corporation of Bristol Electricity Department decided to enlist the help of famous architect, Sir Giles Gilbert Scott to design a grand building to act as the company’s headquarters – this was the birth of the famous curved building.
Julian Howarth, Production Director at Crest Nicholson, told Premier Construction:
“Construction is due to be complete in spring this year, so almost all of the building is finished.”
“Many of the original 1930s design features have been resurrected in the atrium and special care has been taken to complement these with stylish contemporary living spaces. Our vision has been to fuse the building’s art deco heritage with high specification contemporary design.”
Externally, the building remains almost unchanged, the grand front door and traditional windows have been lovingly recreated along with the building’s façade. One of the most dramatic aspects of the restoration is the foyer, inspired by the grandeur of London’s Art Deco hotels such as the Savoy. Internally, a marble terrazzo floor, meticulously recreated by master craftsmen, runs all the way through the magnificent first floor atrium, breaking into a spectacular sunburst motif.
The design of Electricity House demonstrates Crest Nicholson’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and the environment. The highly insulated walls, roofs and ground floors exceed current building regulations and apartments boast innovative, thermally efficient glass and water-saving taps. These elements help homeowners benefit from the latest money-and-energy saving features.
“Works have progressed very well so far. This part of Bristol is still in the midst of great change, evolving from an office district to a vibrant mixed use neighbourhood in which to live. Electricity House, at the heart of this district, was ripe for regeneration.”