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The Clifton Observatory Announced As Winner of Bristol Civic Society Design Award 2021

The Clifton Observatory Announced As Winner of Bristol Civic Society Design Award 2021

Congratulations to The Clifton Observatory on their Design Award! The Design Awards recognise developments in Bristol which make a positive contribution to the local environment through excellence of design.

It was a pleasure to have worked on this project. JH Group were contracted to carry out the refurbishment work to the Grade ll listed building which dates back to 1766. The scope of works included carrying out all foundations under the careful watch of an archaeologist, drainage, construction of a new servery area, bin store, stonework, roofing, internal fittings as well as the landscaping and paving with a traditional Yorkstone slab. The end result is quite stunning and very in keeping with the Grade II listed building. 

The new glass café was designed by Prichard Pedlar Architects and has been constructed on the North East of the building. It beautifully frames views of green grass and woodland, perfect for cosying up with a cuppa whilst taking shelter from the elements.

The new additions to the building are sympathetic to the more prominent old building

The Design Award panel considered this project to be a significant contribution to conserving an iconic building in such a historically important location and providing an excellent example of bringing an old building back into beneficial public use. The new additions to the building are sympathetic to the more prominent old building and add to it’s visual attractiveness and it’s utility. The project has not only restored a building of historical richness but also provides a unique space where Bristolians and tourists can enjoy the Cave, Camera and incredible views.

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