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After many years of being out of use, the former police HQ (CID) building on Bridewell Island in Central Bristol has been renovated and is now the new YMCA Bristol hostel.
John Perkins Construction carried out the work along with Ferguson Mann Architects and assistance from the Bristol City Council Conservation Team. The Heritage Lottery Fund partly funded the £1.8 million project.
Preserving the beauty of this Grade II Listed Building, which dates back to 1928, was paramount although it was vital that the completed building offered a modern specification for 21st century living.
Clement Windows Group were selected to provide the new steel windows. Crafting replicas of the originals but with high performing, energy efficient, krypton gas filled glass insulated units, the new fenestration met the brief exactly. The Clement W20 range combined with genuine T bars and elegant fenestra joints in RAL 9010 white (semi gloss) was specified. 158SFKL ‘Brook’ handles in a satin chrome finish were added to complement the windows.
The project was nominated for a heritage award by the National Federation of Builders.
Rob Yeandle of John Perkins Construction said:
“The YMCA required a commercially viable 99-bed hostel where 10% of the available beds could be given up to vulnerable young homeless people. The strong relationships built early on in the process with Clement Windows resulted in a conversion that embraced the history and heritage of the old building and blended new materials with old to create a stunning finished project.”
Site: YMCA (Old Bridewell Police Station), 1 Bridewell Street, Bristol BS1 2AA
Architect: Ferguson Mann Architects, 6 King St, Bristol BS1 4EQ
Contractor: John Perkins Construction, Unit 22 Dragon Court, Crofts End Road, St George, Bristol BS5 7XX
Specification: Clement W20 window range
Colour: RAL 9010 White (semi gloss)
Furniture: Hampstead handle in a dark bronze effect finish with matching peg stay
158SFKL Brook handles, spring catches and restrictors in a satin chrome finish
16mm insulated glass units, krypton filled with T Bars and fenestra joints
Clement W20 bespoke steel windows are manufactured from hot rolled steel window and door profiles generally in compliance with BS 6510 Revision 10 Nov 2020 which are produced from 98% recycled steel source material. Hot dip zinc galvanised to EN ISO BS:1461 and with a polyester powder coat paint finish to BS:6497 2005 EN 13438 2018.