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Bridge House, Clifton

Project: Insurance and Refurbishment works to Grade II listed building
Client: MD Insurance Services/PBA Consultants
Contract Value: £640,000

The Challenge

This project required refurbishment and insurance works to be undertaken to Bridge House, Psion Place, Clifton. The Bridge is a grade II listed building situated in Clifton, Bristol. Clifton is an inner suburb of the English port city of Bristol. Notable places in Clifton include the Suspension Bridge, Clifton Cathedral, Clifton College, Bristol Zoo and Clifton Down. This area was at one time a separate settlement but became attached to Bristol by continuous development during the Georgian era and formally incorporated into the city in the 1830s. Berkeley Square which was built around 1790 is an example of Georgian architecture. Although, some properties were detached or semi-detached, the majority were built as terraces, many with three or more floors. One famous terrace is the majestic Royal York Crescent, visible from the Avon Gorge and looking across the Bristol docks. Formally a hotel The Bridge was granted planning permission to convert into luxury apartments at the turn of this century. MD Insurance Services through PBA Consultants required remedial and refurbishment work to be undertaken that would remedy various issues with the building but these works had to be sympathetic to the building’s listed status and to the end owners needs as they continued to occupy whilst the works were undertaken.

The Solution

Helm had to erect scaffold to the three exposed sides of this 6 storey building in order to work on the external elevations and traditional timber sash windows. To facilitate the project being concluded speedily, works on structural flooring to a number of apartments was completed on an apartment by apartment basis. Finally, the communal areas were attended to and the final decoration of those apartments worked within was concluded.


The Result

The works were difficult to assess at the beginning which demanded close liaison with the clients’ surveyor. The project was concluded within a year and this included additional works requested by the apartment owners. The timber sash windows were redecorated and the façade cleaned prior to striking the scaffold in order to ensure that the building could remain maintenance free for years to come.

The Project demanded malleability and initiative from the Main Contractor selected along with an understanding of the unique requirements listed buildings invariably demand. Helm consistently demonstrated enthusiasm, skill and a high degree of ‘commerciality’ on this project ensuring that the Client, Apartment Owners and Surveyor were kept informed and happy throughout.

Colin Goode, PBA Consultants