Saving the Princess of Wales

Saving the Princess of Wales

O’LearyGoss Architects have submitted a planning application to bring the former Princess of Wales public house in Bedminster back to life. The renovation proposal includes an extension and conversion into three apartments.

The Princess of Wales is the only remaining element of a row of terraces from 1863 and is located on a prominent corner along British Road and Westbourne Grove within the Bedminster Conservation Area. It has not been successful as a pub for many years and this is reflected in the poor condition of the building fabric. Without a new lease of life it is in danger of reaching a state beyond repair.

Our proposal retains three of the existing elevations, with traditional sliding sash windows replacing the unsympathetic plastic windows. A mansard storey added at roof level is set back behind the existing parapet whilst a rear extension is finished in red brick with stone detailing to match the terraces along British Road. The front courtyard and stone boundary walls will also to be retained and refurbished.

The client, David Fitter, is focusing on Bristol for development due the city’s lifestyle qualities, prosperity and continued growth.

Planning Consultants: CSJ Planning

Planning application for new mews houses in Bristol

Planning application for new mews houses in Bristol

O’LearyGoss Architects have submitted a planning application on behalf of BDV Platinum for three new mews houses just off Portland Square in Bristol. The houses make use of a vacant plot of land behind Portland View, an apartment building also designed by O’LearyGoss Architects and completed in 2016.

Two of the mews houses are three storeys in height, with the living space on the topmost floor to make maximum use of daylight and sunlight. The third is a single storey building, with a small courtyard and rooflights, again to enhance the living spaces for residents.

Off street parking will be in a courtyard and set around a newly planted tree. A biodiverse roof and the use of air source heat pumps for domestic hot water enhance the sustainability credentials of the proposals.

The buildings use a red stock brick, a timeless material similar to that used successfully on Portland View.

Disused office block to receive new lease of life

Disused office block to receive new lease of life

O’LearyGoss Architects are pleased to announce that the final planning permission has been granted for the conversion of the dilapidated and disused Decourcy House on Upper York Street into 40 apartments. This 1970’s concrete clad office block situated on the edge of two conservation areas has been empty for over 5 years.

The building will be given a new lease of life with full refurbishment, the addition of full height windows, Juliet balconies and a roof top extension.

Regeneration of existing buildings is one of the the most sustainable forms of development as it avoids the CO2 emissions involved in the construction of a new structure and reduces waste involved in demolition.

The apartments will contribute to Bristol’s housing provision and add to the growing residential community in this important city centre location.