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Aztec West office block granted listed status

Posted on Saturday 16th June 2018 at 1:07 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of building 250 at the Aztec West Business Park.

Motorists queuing to get out of the Aztec West Business Park during the afternoon peak certainly have plenty of time to take in their surroundings, but how many of them realise that they are crawling past an architectural gem recently given protected status by Historic England?

An office block at 210 to 290 Park Avenue, visible on the left of the internal roundabout when driving into the park from the A38, is one of 17 bold, playful, brightly coloured postmodern buildings of the late 1970s to 1990s to have recently been ‘listed’ by the public body.

Postmodern architecture emerged in the 1970s as a critical reaction to modernism. In Britain it was closely associated with the economic boom of the 1980s. After a period out of favour, the 2011 exhibition ‘Style and Subversion’ at the V&A marked a revival of interest in postmodernism.

The units at Aztec West, designed by the architects CZWG, have forecourts that follow the turning circle of a car, celebrating the form of transport that enabled the development of out-of-town workplaces. They lend the buildings a Hollywood glamour, accentuated by elements of Art Deco design such as the over-scaled building numbers used as canopies over the main doors (now removed, but soon to be replaced).

The buildings have high, continuous parapets that hide the mono-pitch roofs into the internal courtyards. Beneath the parapets, double-height windows give a sense of scale and grandeur, and act as classical columns around the building. The two-storey buildings have banded cladding of red and buff brick. Completed in 1987-1988, the commission represents a key project by CZWG that combines bold geometries, colours and traditional materials to dynamic effect.

Piers Gough of GZWG, who worked on the design of the Aztec West building, told BBC Radio Bristol he was “completely thrilled” to hear of the listing, describing it as a “wonderful accolade” and a “fantastic retrospective appreciation”.

More: Listing entry for 210, 220, 240, 250, 260 and 290 Park Avenue »

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BBC Antiques Roadshow jets into Patchway

Posted on Tuesday 17th April 2018 at 10:20 pm by SH (Editor)

Concorde exhibit at Aerospace Bristol.

BBC One’s ever-popular Sunday evening programme Antiques Roadshow is coming to north Bristol on Thursday 17th May.

Photo of Fiona Bruce.

Fiona Bruce and the team of Antiques Roadshow experts will be waiting to welcome you, so dust off your family heirlooms and dig out those car boot bargains and bring them along for free advice and valuations to visitors.

The Roadshow will be filming at the home of Concorde – Aerospace Bristol. The new museum, located off Hayes Way in Patchway [BS34 5BZ], celebrates the city’s historic links to the birth of aviation and the development of supersonic travel.

At the centre of this new attraction is Concorde Alpha Foxtrot – the last Concorde to be made and the last Concorde to fly.

Last year, the programme celebrated four decades on the road with some truly amazing finds, as presenter Fiona Bruce explains:

“Can this year be even better than our last? We’ll have to go some way to top the most valuable Fabergé ever seen on the programme, a correction to Darwin’s theory of evolution by the great man himself and one of the best collections of show business memorabilia ever seen by our experts.”

“But I have every confidence we’ll do it and the thousands of people that come along to see us will pull some extraordinary things out of their bags/trolleys/bits of newspaper/suitcases/boats – and one year even out of a cart led by a dog. I can’t wait.”

More: Entry to the event is free; no pre-registration required »

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‘Filton Keynes’ framework agreement signed

Posted on Wednesday 21st March 2018 at 8:23 pm by SH (Editor)

Signing of the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood Framework Agreement.

South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) has announced the completion of an important agreement between developers and landowners which will see thousands of new homes and supporting infrastructure built at the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood (CPNN) over the next ten years.

The new neighbourhood will provide approximately 5,700 dwellings, around 50 hectares of employment land, open spaces, schools, community facilities, a new railway station and a dedicated route for MetroBus.

Dubbed ‘Filton Keynes’, this will be a very major development and SGC says it is keen to ensure that work is co-ordinated and that the potential impacts on surrounding communities are identified and addressed.

Development land within the new neighbourhood is in several different ownerships, including YTL Developments, Deeley Freed, Taylor Wimpey and BAE.

The CPNN framework agreement will ensure that all future development in the area is carried out in a collaborative and co-ordinated way, specifically that the required infrastructure for the whole site is delivered at the appropriate time, in the appropriate location, rather than on a piecemeal basis on individual disparate sites. It will also make sure that access is gained between individual development sites within the new neighbourhood, and ensure triggers for the timing and delivery of infrastructure, services and facilities. The endorsed framework plan demonstrates how access across the wider new neighbourhood can be achieved.

Colin Skellett, chairman of YTL Developments, said:

“Signing the framework agreement is an important step forward in unlocking the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood. Following the granting of outline planning permission in October 2017 for 2,650 new homes and 24 hectares of employment land on our airfield site, YTL is now working on finalising the other planning agreements required to start construction of our new site access in March. We will work with our neighbours, SGC and the local communities to deliver much needed housing across the area.”

More: "Agreement marks another major milestone for the CPNN" »

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Filton Airfield plans cleared for take-off (again)

Posted on Thursday 30th November 2017 at 11:28 am by SH (Editor)

Artist's impression of Filton Airfield redevelopment.

South Gloucestershire Council’s planning committee has, for the second time in two years, resolved to approve outline planning permission for the re-development of the 143ha (354 acre) former Filton Airfield site.

A previous planning application for the site was put forward by then-owners BAE Systems in October 2014 and subsequently approved, subject to the signing of agreements requiring the developer to make financial contributions to local infrastructure schemes. However, BAE Systems later sold the site to YTL, a Malaysia-based infrastructure investor, without completing these agreements.

The latest plans, submitted by YTL Developments UK Ltd, retain the headline figure of 2,675 new homes. They also include provision for 24ha (62 acres) of employment space, three new schools, recreational areas and community facilities, a doctors’ surgery, a new railway station and a dedicated MetroBus route.

Filton Airfield is one of the largest brownfield sites in the country, and it represents YTL Developments’ first major project in the UK. The company’s ambition is to create a new neighbourhood where people can live and work, which is seamlessly connected to its surroundings and existing local communities.

Its connectivity with Bristol to the south, Cribbs Causeway and the surrounding neighbourhoods of South Gloucestershire and then beyond to London, has been an essential part of the design, which includes numerous interconnecting cycle paths and public transport options.

YTL will make a major investment in infrastructure and is preparing the site for development. It plans to develop the scheme as a single landowner, to ensure the whole site is well coordinated, well built and well connected to deliver a “thriving new neighbourhood for living and working”. It is hoped that thousands of new jobs will be created in the employment space, with a focus on advanced engineering and aerospace.

More: Construction of buildings could start as early as autumn 2018 »

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