Case Study: Programme (The Pithay) – Bristol
Project Synopsis: Over half a century later Clement return to one of Bristol’s landmark buildings
In the heart of Bristol’s City Centre lies The Pithay, now known as Programme. 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, based on Resolution’s ambitious brief to revitalise the building.
Clement Windows Group was chosen as the preferred company to manufacture and install the 510 new steel windows required. Clement were thrilled to win the job, particularly as the current Chief Executive Peter Clement’s father had installed the original windows back in 1966!
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.
Programme now provides 180,000 sq ft of sympathetically modernised workspaces for Bristol, featuring fully refurbished open plan office environments across seven floors.
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!”
Site: The Pithay, Tower Lane, Bristol BS1 2LZ
Architect: Buckley Gray Yeoman, 56 Shoreditch High St, London E1 6JJ
Contractor: Paragon, 111 Old Broad Street, London EC2N 1AP
Specification: Clement EB24 window range
Colour: RAL 9004 Signal Black (matt)
195SFKL Lodsworth handles in satin chrome finish and satin chrome slide stays
24mm insulated glass units, argon filled
Clement EB24 bespoke steel windows are manufactured from hot rolled steel window sections generally in compliance with BS 6510 which are produced from recycled steel source material. Hot dip zinc galvanised to EN ISO BS:1461 and with a polyester powder coat paint finish to BS:6497 or BS EN 13438.