Bristol Harbourside Building 3a
The site is bound to the north by busy Anchor Road leading towards the city centre, to the south by residential Building 4 (completed summer 2014), to the east by Canons Way leading into the masterplan area and to the west by residential Building 3b (completed 2008).
The u-shaped building is organised around a shared landscaped courtyard providing good quality outdoor space for residents and tying into the mews running between Buildings 3a, 3b and 4. With the exception of a small number of north-facing apartments, all units have a balcony or outdoor terrace. Glazed bay windows on the north elevation maximise daylight into the north-facing apartments as well as making reference to the bays of the historic warehouses on the nearby docks.
Planters are incorporated into balconies that will in time give a personal expression to each elevation. Timber decking and planter arrangements along Canons Way provide a buffer from the street, further green outdoor space to local residents and a concealed natural vent to the basement car park.
The pattern of blue engineering brick, laid in a vigorous English bond to frame corners and openings between blocks on Building 4, is repeated on Building 3a. As well as neatly completing the Canons Way elevation, it acknowledges the original Gasworks Engine House, made entirely of blue engineering brick, sited nearby.