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Clockwise workspace opens in iconic Bristol landmark the Generator building

MoreySmith has completed a new site for flexible workspace operator Clockwise, in the heart of Bristol’s historic Waterfront Quarter.

31/05/2022 3 min read

Set to be one of the South West’s most impressive workspaces, Clockwise Bristol is a design led workspace situated in the historic Grade II listed Generator building. Having first opened in 1899, the site was once home to the generator that powered the city’s tram system.

London-based architecture and design studio MoreySmith was commissioned for the project, with the aim of creating flexible spaces that prioritise the wellbeing of Clockwise members and reflect the historical and nautical context of the building.

With extensive views of Bristol’s ‘floating harbour’, the new location covers over 30,000 sq. ft. of design-led spaces, spanning six floors, including dedicated offices, private desks, event spaces, a member’s lounge, and on-site café, Two Hands.

Featuring bright and airy double height spaces, natural light has been prioritised throughout the building to aid circadian rhythms, increase productivity, and reduce stress. This can be seen in the third and fourth floor feature windows and high ceilings that provide soothing views to the waterways below.

The design has been sympathetic to the building’s rich history with the original architecture remaining visible on every floor. To reimagine the space for modern use, new interior elements have been sensitively added to the building while leaving the building’s core structure uncompromised.

Examples of standout original design features include original numbers stencilled on the striking red brickwork, previously labelling the usage of each machine from the original tram generator and two period trusses. The original tiled brick façade has been maintained throughout the space with aged copper cladding used to reference the rusted metal of objects previously found in the Generator building.

To reference the Victorian architecture of the space, a mixture of industrial and boutique features has been introduced, with the use of corrugated metal and mosaic floors to mimic the original flooring, and a central raw metal spiral staircase.

Paying homage to the building’s history through sensitive restoration, new additions to the space include a bar featuring a bespoke overhead light installation formed of prismatic acrylic, inspired by the flow of electricity. A club lounge complements the bar space and activates the street presence of the space, creating room for a café open for the wider public to enjoy.

Repurposed marble terrazzo adds modern accents to the buildings existing features, with contemporary furnishing and an abundance of planting to provide visual access to nature.

Clockwise Bristol is the second Grade II listed building that the business has redeveloped following the opening of Edward Pavilion in Liverpool’s Albert Dock, which was previously a UNESCO heritage Site.

Throughout the building, a nod to the local community has also been portrayed, with artwork from local artists, and the styling of the space which reflects the building’s industrial past and waterside setting with nautical details including reclaimed rope lighting installations.

“We have loved working with Clockwise and Castleforge Partners to breathe new life into this beautiful heritage building,” comments Linda Morey-Burrows, Founder and Principal Director of MoreySmith. “We hope that the space will be enjoyed by the local community, and the refreshed energy and design of the space will inspire success and happiness for Clockwise members for years to come.”

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