Leading architectural practice AWW is to move its Bristol team to the Pivot + Mark office building on Baldwin Street in central Bristol.
AWW are the architects who are redesigning the building for CBRE Global Investors, which is being comprehensively refurbished and repositioned to transform the seven-storey building to create 30,870 sq ft of exciting Grade A office space, with a stylish new entrance that includes a collaborative work lounge, informal meeting space and occupier coffee bar. Works are due to complete early in the final quarter of this year.
AWW have taken 6,407 sq ft on the 2nd floor of the building which leaves a further 27,100 sq ft over 1st - 6th floors available to let. Property consultancy Knight Frank advised landlord CBRE Global Investors in the transaction, while AWW was represented by Carter Jonas.
Founded in 1974, AWW provides architectural, masterplanning and interior design services across all sectors worldwide from studios in London, Bristol and Plymouth. Other recent Bristol projects have included the South Bristol Community Hospital and office schemes at the Chocolate Factory in Keynsham, Glassfields, Finzels Reach and 66 Queen Square.
Mark Alker-Stone Practice Director at AWW, said: “We are delighted to have secured our new studio space in the heart of Bristol at Pivot + Mark. We are immensely proud to occupy space within this newly refurbished office building that our architects and interior design team have delivered alongside V7, a space that inspires and truly reflects our practice ethos and an environment that will compliment our collaborative approach to design solutions”.
Development managers V7 advised landlord CBRE Global Investors in the decision to purchase, refurbish and reposition the striking round-fronted building at 48-52 Baldwin Street. Matt Leach commented: “We are thrilled that AWW have committed to Pivot + Mark and cant wait to see them operating out of the building.”
Andy Smith, partner at Knight Frank in Bristol, said: “AWW’s decision to take space in the building is a clear demonstration of the company’s commitment to what it has designed and is delivering at Pivot + Mark.
“In bringing forward the design thought has been given to changing work practices and business needs which have resulted in the installation of super fast internet connections, plus 70 new cycle spaces and lockers, eight new showers and a dedicated drying room which have been rated Cyclescore GOLD standard.”
Andrew Hardwick partner at Carter Jonas who acquired the space for AWW commented: “AWW made a detailed assessment of the market and identified that a building the practice knew well actually provided the solution to the property requirement. That knowledge of Pivot + Mark, combined with trust in the landlord’s team, enabled the transaction to be shaped in the most challenging possible period of lockdown, and allowed the move itself to be achieved against a tight timetable. It has been a great example of all sides pulling together to achieve a common goal”.
Further details are available from Andy Smith at Knight Frank or Christopher Meredith at joint letting agents Savills.