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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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Free journey-sharing website launches for Aztec West Business Park

Posted on Wednesday 25th November 2015 at 12:49 am by SH (Editor)

Ben Luger, marketing communications specialist at  ecosurety, and Verity Heal, Local Sustainable Transport Fund project manager at South Gloucestershire Council.

Drivers exasperated by peak-time congestion at Aztec West can now use a map-based online journey-sharing website to travel more sustainably.

joinmyjourney launches today (Wednesday 25th November) thanks to funding from South Gloucestershire Council’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), development from resource efficiency specialist ecosurety, with support from North Bristol SusCom.

The free-to-use site enables commuters travelling by car, bicycle or on foot to find others to share compatible journeys to work, either regularly, or as a one off. It is initially aimed at commuters in the West of England but there are also plans to open it out to educational organisations and business centres nationally. joinmyjourney is launched first for the 8,000 people travelling to Aztec West, with other business locations and employers coming on board in 2016.

Ben Luger, marketing communication specialist at ecosurety, based at Aztec West, who has driven the development of joinmyjourney with co-workers explains, “Every day I would see single drivers sitting in traffic queues, waiting to get into the park. I’d started an off-the-shelf car share scheme for ecosurety employees, but it just didn’t have the scale, was too complex and too limited to make a significant dent in emissions and the number of vehicles.”

Ben was bemoaning the issues to an officer at the LSTF one day and the pair agreed Aztec West needed a bespoke solution, which also appealed to walkers and cyclists. Ben took the idea back to ecosurety, and following further financial support from the LSTF and ecosurety, development started on joinmyjourney.

Benefits include fewer cars on the road, improvements in parking, lower emissions, and helping drivers save money by cutting commuting costs. Others include less stress from sitting in traffic queues, improved confidence from increased outside exercise and the option to share sustainable and safe journeys during the winter.

Users who sign up and start journeys between now and the first week of December are also automatically enrolled into a prize draw for up to £1,000 in shopping vouchers to be presented next month.

The site gives commuters an option to find journey sharers ahead of 12 months of roadworks, scheduled to start in spring 2016, to improve traffic flow, walking and cycling routes around the Aztec West Roundabout on the A38.

More: Apple, Android and Windows app versions coming soon »

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HSBC branch at Aztec West to close in August

Posted on Saturday 28th June 2014 at 10:10 am by SH (Editor)

Notice announcing closure of the HSBC branch at Aztec West, Bristol.

The HSBC branch on the Aztec West Business Park is to close in August, it has been announced.

The facility, which currently opens 9.30am to 3.30pm Monday to Friday only, will close permanently at 3pm on Friday 29th August.

Accounts currently held at Aztec West will be transferred to the bank’s Filton branch, three miles away. The next closest HSBC branches are at Westbury-on-Trym and Thornbury.

A message sent to customers explained:

“At HSBC, we are constantly evolving and developing our services. And with the growth of telephone and internet banking in recent years, this has naturally resulted in some branches being used less often. Therefore after careful consideration, we have taken the difficult decision to close our branch at Unit 6, Aztec Centre, Aztec West, Almondsbury, Bristol BS32 4TD as of 3pm on Friday 29 August 2014.”

“As of this date, accounts held at Bristol, Aztec West branch will be managed by the HSBC branch at 27 Gloucester Road North, Filton, Bristol BS7 0SQ, which is the nearest HSBC branch and cash machine to Bristol, Aztec West branch. Other nearby alternative branches and HSBC cash machines are at 11 Canford Lane, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS9 3DE and 23 High Street, Thornbury, Bristol BS35 2AE.”

The Journal understands that staff currently employed at Aztec West will be redeployed to other HSBC branches in the area.

The closure will leave the thousands of people employed on the business park without an on-site cash machine (ATM), although it is believed that the park’s management company is looking into the possibility of providing one through an alternative operator.

Other bank and building society branches in the Patchway area include Barclays, Lloyds TSB and Coventry Building Society, all located on Gloucester Road, near the Callicroft Road junction.

Related link: Banks and Building Societies in Patchway (The Journal)

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Residents object to Aztec West radiotherapy centre plans

Posted on Monday 24th June 2013 at 11:12 am by SH (Editor)

Building at 300 Park Avenue, Aztec West, Bristol.

Plans to turn an empty office block in the Aztec West Business Park into a healthcare facility specialising in radiotherapy treatment have met opposition from the residents of nearby properties in Hempton Lane, who say they fear an increase in noise and pollution.

Objectors to the scheme have also sought assurances that they would not be at risk from radiation emanating from the proposed development.

The office block, at 300 Park Avenue, is currently unoccupied and undergoing internal alterations. Until recently, part of the building was used by the St John Ambulance organisation.

Information submitted with the planning application states that the facility will employ ten full-time staff, with an anticipated 5,250 patients visiting annually once the centre has become established in four years time.

South Gloucestershire Council has received eleven letters of objection from occupiers of neighbouring properties, plus a petition of objection signed by 35 residents.

The council’s Sites Inspection (West) Sub-Committee visited the site last Friday (21st June) and a report is expected to be brought before the next meeting of the full planning committee on Thursday 4th July.

Agents working for Spire Healthcare, the company behind the scheme, have indicated that they are prepared to accept a planning condition that requires an acoustic barrier to be installed at the rear of the site, in order to “prevent unacceptable noise impacts to adjoining residential properties”. They also say they are preapred to limit the facility’s hours of operation to 7am-9pm, seven days per week.

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