This immense building, originally built in the 1960s was tired and required refurbishment. After being acquired by Resolution Property in 2016 a plan was developed by Buckley Gray Yeoman Architects, based on Resolution’s ambitious brief to revitalise the building. Programme now provides 180,000 sq ft of sympathetically modernised workspaces for Bristol, featuring fully refurbished open plan office environments across seven floors.
EB24 steel windows, only available from Clement, were specified for the project. Quite unusually for a refurbishment project like this the architects had freedom to change the colour of the windows. The new frames were polyester powder painted in RAL 9004 Signal black, while the originals had been white and this was to give a fresh look and modernise the building as a whole. The new windows are fitted with 24mm argon filled insulated glass units which are far more thermally efficient than the original single pane windows. Liz Barnard of Programme commented:
“Constructed in the 1960s and one of Bristol’s landmark buildings The Pithay had become tired, dated and lacked purpose. A plan was developed to revitalise and regenerate the building, transforming it into a commercial hub. The refurbishment of the façade required great sensitivity given the surrounding Conservation Area and Listed Buildings. The steel windows from Clement provide the perfect solution – modern double glazed, thermally efficient versions of the single glazed originals which incidentally they supplied when it was first built!”