Transformation of central Bristol landmark site underway

Work is well underway to transform the historic site of the former Courage Brewery in the centre of Bristol into an exciting new space for living and working.  Rich in industrial history, the Fermentation Buildings and Compressor Building are set to be developed into commercial, retail and leisure space and a micro-brewery.

Clarkebond has provided a range of engineering services on the £3m scheme for the developers, Cubex Land, including civil and structural engineering, flood risk assessments and drainage strategy.  Clarkebond had previously provided a geo environmental report for whole of the Finzel’s Reach development.  Typically for the centre of Bristol, this report revealed the requirement for piled foundations up to 17 metres throughout the site.

Clarkebond is also working with the micro-brewery company, Left-Handed Giant, providing engineering services for the structural alterations required for the brewery fit-out.

The historic Fermentation and Compressor buildings are located at the end of the iconic, curved Castle Bridge, which crosses the River Avon to link Castle Park with the Finzel’s Reach development.  Having been involved in other developments in Finzel’s Reach, including being the structural engineers that solved a variety of design challenges to enable construction of the Castle Bridge, Clarkebond engineers are very familiar with the engineering challenges of such buildings in this location.

Located on the floating harbour, Finzel’s Reach is in a flood plain where any development has to consider flood protection measures.  “Adapting historic buildings to incorporate demountable flood defence barriers, whilst retaining all the historic features, is challenging,” comments Clarkebond Associate Director, James Edmonds. “In this case we also have to ensure that the flood barriers meet the requirement of a site-wide flood defence strategy.”

Project team:

Client - Cubex
Client - Left-Handed Giant
Civil and structural engineers - Clarkebond
Building Services - QED
Architects – The Bush Consultancy
Building Contractor - Lancer Scott