Soil association headquarters
The Soil Association had been looking for a new headquarters for some time. In 2017 they purchased number 51 Victoria Street in Bristol, with the support from a major donor.
Following an introduction by Alastair Sawday and subsequent competitive interview process, Askew Cavanna were appointed as their architects for the refurbishment and fit out project.
Victoria House is a four storey 1960’s office building, with a large south east facing elevation curtain walling. It has a large glazed south west facing elevation. Whilst the shallow plan with extensive glazing causes issues of overheating, it does have the advantage of giving everyone chance of a view out -not something that was possible in their previous home in South Plaza.
Alongside ourselves, Max Fordham were appointed to carry out a review of services, and the design of mechanical and electrical systems for the refurbishment.
We put forward proposals to fit out on principles of healthy working:
Daylighting and Lighting
Interior layout and Active Design
Biophilia and views
Look and Feel
Locations and access to amenities
Spaces opened up with few internal rooms; enhanced natural ventilation; interior planting integral in layout.
Renewed boiler; enhanced ventilation; reflective solar film on windows.
Large areas of glazing; new LED lighting throughout; internal meeting rooms have fully glazed fronts.
Agile working; variable height and type of workstations, soft furnishings
Natural materials and textures, integrated planting; glazed partitions to increase light and legibility.
Natural materials, use of different textures, open ceilings, exposed services.
Secure bike parking, showers and drying rooms; local facilities include many restaurants and cafés, health clubs and city centre shops in close proximity.