IHBC’s ‘Heritage from the doorstep’: Regeneration of Bristol’s iconic ‘Generator Building’ given go-ahead by Council

websiteBristol Live has reported on how the proposed conversion of one of the city’s most iconic buildings – its Grade II listed ‘Generator Building’ (1899), which had remained a derelict shell for decades after the Second World War – has been given the green light by Bristol City Council.

Bristol Live writes:

The imposing Grade II listed ‘Generator Building’ on the banks of the city’s floating harbour is now set to be transformed into offices for creative, media and tech businesses. The striking red-brick structure was originally opened in 1899 to supply power to Bristol’s expanding tramway network.

The building was touted to be a potential new home for Channel 4 last year, and now it has been confirmed that the publicly-owned broadcaster is moving its regional headquarters from the capital – with Bristol on a seven-city shortlist – rumours will continue apace.  The £12million conversion forms part of the Finzels Reach development which has already transformed the area opposite Castle Park.

The exterior of the historic building will be extensively renovated to restore it to its former glory, while inside there will be 30,611 sq ft of office space spread over six floors, for up to 300 people. There will also be shower facilities on each floor, cycle storage and lockers as well as 10 basement car parking spaces. The original 1890s arched-front entrance on Counterslip and its grand Venetian window will be reinstated with new glass doors at street level. These will open into a double-height foyer, allowing workers and visitors to enjoy the original scale of the internal spaces…

The Bristol power station contained four steam engines coupled to four generators and supplied power to the tramway system until 1941, when a bomb hit St Philips Bridge and cut the power cables. The developer is now trying to attract big-name technology and media firms to fill the space.

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