Bold Bristol base for AHMM

With an eye-catching colour palette, bespoke joinery and versatile work settings, One Portwall Square is the new Bristol base for Architectural practice, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM).

Project partners

  • Gardiner & Theobald
  • Arup
  • Allford Hall Monaghan Morris
Staff are delighted with the new space, it's a new start for the client and their staff post-COVID.

Jonathon Davidson, Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Ltd

Key features

  • Delivered in occupation
  • Open plan tea point
  • Quiet pods
  • Acoustic ribbing
  • M&E enhancements

To compliment the CAT A build, the shell and core of which was designed by AHMM, Overbury delivered the 9,000 sq ft fit out of the ground and first floors with all work taking place whilst the upper floors were occupied.

Consistent finishing

The ground floor was designed as open plan with a tea point island and IT hub room. The area was dressed with new Bolon vinyl floor coverings, which were also used on the first floor but with contrasting colours to the reception and corridor. The walls leading up and through the staircase to the first floor have been clad and finished using feature timber batten.

Workplace variety

As well as traditional desk workspace, the first floor at One Portwall Square features a quiet room and quiet pods perfect for focused work. The new bookable meeting rooms are complete with integrated lighting raft ceilings and squiggle glass boards. Overbury also delivered a print room, server room and a tea point. The quiet pod walls are clad in acoustic ribbed fabric and the quiet room with acoustic ribbed leather walls to ensure optimum noise cancellation.

The timber batten theme continues from the ground floor with bespoke joinery units including cupboards and quiet pod worktops.

Mechanical and electrical enhancements

Fan coil units were added to the meeting, print and server rooms to supplement the base build ventilation and cooling systems. New power and data units were installed throughout the office with the existing services repositioned to suit the new layout.

Additionally, a new internal timber staircase was built to connect the ground and first floor with a stainless steel handrail incorporating lighting, a bespoke stair nosing and a flat bar PPC balustrade. Timber was chosen over steel to save time on the programme and the project was finished within budget.

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