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Queens Road, Clifton

Project: Part demolition of existing building and construction of one retail unit and two apartments
Client: Mr Gerardi
Contract Value: £250,000

The Challenge:

Helm Construction were tasked with the refurbishment work to one unit and the construction of two apartments, following the demolition to the existing building. This build took place in the area of Queens Road in Clifton. Queens Road, which makes up one side of the Clifton Triangle, is now home to a string of bars, cafes, restaurants and independent shops. Clifton is one of the oldest and most affluent areas of the city, much of it having been built with profits from tobacco and the slave trade. Situated to the west of Bristol City Centre, it was at one time a separate settlement but became attached to Bristol by continuous development during the Georgian era and was formally incorporated into the city in the 1830s. Some grand houses were detached or semi-detached properties, the bulk were built as terraces, many with three or more floors. One famous terrace is the majestic Royal York Crescent, visible from the Avon Gorge below and looking across the Bristol docks. Berkeley Square which was built around 1790 is an example of Georgian architecture. The ABC Cinema on Whiteladies Road was converted into offices and gymnasium in the 1990s but there are now plans to re-open it as a cinema. Clifton Lido was built in 1850 but closed to the public in 1990, it was redeveloped and opened again to the public in November 2008. Parts of Clifton itself are now in the process of being pedestrianised.


The Solution:

With this particular build it was essential to carry out the works without disturbing the adjacent buildings. Helm ensured there was a careful removal of existing internal and external finishes to the boundary walls. Both apartments were fitted with aluminium framed, double glazed windows, with Velux Conservation style windows used for the roof lights. Vicaima solid core American maple veneer doors were fitted throughout the apartments. Other features include an integrated electric hob and cooker, under counter fridge with ice box, and integrated dishwasher all sourced from Bosch. 


The Result:

Following the demolition of the existing building, Helm created a new two storey building compromising of an A3 (Café) use on ground floor, including one two-bedroom apartment and one three-bedroom apartment, with shopfront works and a terrazzo forecourt.