Aztec West 300

An established relationship with Canada Life led to WGI being asked to produce and submit designs for Aztec West 300 - an office development within Bristol's Aztec West Business Park. The two proposed new buildings were to replace the existing structure which no longer met prospective tenants' expectations of compliance with statutory requirements and low energy building performance. The amount of lettable space was also to be maximised.
Working with the client's team to investigate the best way to develop the site, WGI developed a number of concept design solutions within tight timescales to present to the potential occupiers who were looking for new premises. Sustainability was essential, as the prospect was benchmarking against other sites.
The preferred scheme, which achieved planning approval, doubles the site's lettable area and the stepped building heights minimise impact on an adjacent residential area. It also achieves a 'Very Good' BREEAM rating through use of a ground source heat pump, a displacement ventilation system, exposed soffits and the building's high thermal mass.

Date: 2011
Location: Bristol
Client: Canada Life Ltd.
Value: £10m
Service: Architecture: Planning Design