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Project - Paintworks Development
Sector - Commercial
Technology - Timber Frames
Company - Stewart Milne Timber Systems
Stewart Milne Timber systems provided the structural timber wall, floor and roof elements which formed part of the Crest Nicholson Paintworks scheme in Bristol. Based in the heart of Bristol's Creative Quarter the original paintworks site was built in 1850 and used as a Victorian paint and varnish factory, and has since undergone a huge reinvention during the last decade and is now one of the most inspiring living spaces in Bristol.
Timber fabric construction addressed the specification requirements for a low carbon development with speed of build and efficiency of programme matching the criteria.The selection of timber frame for the build method was extensively researched and fully planned well ahead of the construction phase. This allowed the development to proceed faster than in masonry or steel to keep up with the excellent sales rate, enabling the development to be "civilised" quickly and maintained a safe environment for workers and residents alike.
Throughout the entire process the concept stayed the same and, if anything, the buildings have become even more special than first imagined. The existing colours and graphics at Paintworks have been encompassed and a number of new buildings that have their own identity.
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