Utility House fit out

Studio workspaces in Upper York Street

Willis Newson bought this spacious but tired 4 storey building in the heart of Stokes Croft, to convert for their new home on the top floor and host an affordable, ethical and creative business community on the remaining floors.

With similar experiences behind us, the challenge for this project was to transform this ordinary 70's office building into a fresh and flexible space, ensuring we engaged an enthusiastic contractor to carry out the work on programme and on budget whilst retaining the delight in the proposals. Comprising mostly of self-contained studios, the two ground floor studios share a common kitchenette, with access to a free shared meeting room. The upper floors provided studio spaces of around 100m2 each and are characterised, by open ceilings and painted floors. 

Adding their own experience in integrating art and interior design, Willis Newson have been the perfect client to give the space to give a strong sense of local identity. 

Completed in August 2015, and rebranded as Utility House, the building is now home to a like-minded community working in a happy environment in one of the most engaging areas in Bristol.