The new Keynsham Civic Center and One Stop Shop in Bristol replaces several 1960s buildings and enriches the city through the creation of new public spaces and amenities. The Center, designed by AHR Architects, is punctured by two new pedestrian streets and it serves as an integral part of the pedestrian public realm.
The complex occupies a large sloping site located within the town center, and makes it accessible to pedestrians. In addition to office spaces and civic facilities, the complex includes 20,000 square feet of retail spaces on the ground floor.
“We responded to the challenge of the constrained and sloping town centre site by slicing through it to create two new pedestrian retail streets and a cluster of inter-locking buildings,” said the architects. “This allowed over 50% of the site to be given over to new retail focused public realm and better integrated the development into the existing urban grain.”
In addition to its communal and civic values, the project is marked by green building strategies such as power-saving mechanisms, efficient lighting systems, high thermal mass, and excellent acoustic performance. The project, which won the 2015 RIBA South West Sustainability Award, is the first in the country to target a Display Energy Certificate (DEC).
Photos by Daniel Hopkinson