Aztec West Business Park
Client: Electrical Supplies Nominees (Phase 1) Arlington Securities (Phase 2)
Value: £2.9 million
Date: Completed December 1988
CZWG’s office development at Aztec West Bristol represents a departure of style from the established “hi-tec” idiom of the rest of the business park. The client’s brief for this dominant site was for a brick building with a pitched roof together with an increased car parking requirement (essential for ‘an office building in the country’).
A vehicle turning circle generated the curved form of the main entrances, giving a sense of drama to motorised arrival. These circles are carved into the corners of the square courtyard buildings and, together with the use of a high parapet, give an impression of scale in buildings where the rural idiom of the eaves gutter could never dominate Aztec’s contrived ‘parkland’. To mitigate the weather-beaten site and the dominance of the parked car over park landscape, CZWG have provided a sheltered lawned quadrangle with fruit trees in the centre of each building.
The scheme consists of two identical buildings which allowed for phased development. Each building can house a number of small office units ranging from 300 – 7000 sq ft. The concept determines the entrances but allows a variation in the number and size of tenancies served by each.