Revitalising a tired, inefficient building and re-positioning it at the top end of the local commercial rental market, securing 100% letting.
Originally built in 1972, 20 Manvers Street is an existing office building that was in desperate need of updating.
Sitting between two listed buildings within the UNESCO World Heritage setting of Bath, the six storey building was previously characterised by a dark, dated interior and poor first impressions. To add to its woes, routine maintenance could not address some of the issues facing the occupiers and the plant was at the end of its useful life.
The client, CBRE, identified that 20 Manvers Street required comprehensive refurbishment in order to reduce energy consumption and re-position the building within the marketplace.
A key part of the project was to re-image the external appearance and improve the first impressions of the building.
The new glazed entrance has been brought back to pavement level to enhance the relationship between the building and the public realm. Combined with a rooftop glass box with panoramic views of the city, the perception of the building within the Bath marketplace has shifted.
A bright, high quality reception space with feature finishes and furnishings creates a sense of arrival into the building. Communal areas are designed with high-quality, durable finishes and the provision of shower, changing and locker facilities encourages the use of cycling, running and walking, as well as the possibility of exercising at lunchtimes.
The previous substandard office space has been refurbished into a highly desirable modern workplace. Increased glazing creates a light, airy open plan space with views out to the historic city centre location in Bath.
The building has been designed to provide maximum flexibility in occupation, whilst the design and M&E layout provides a blank canvas for tenant fit out.
In terms of sustainability, BREEAM Very Good and EPC B formed the basis of the Client Brief for sustainability. The project exceeded expectations by delivering an EPC A, making it one of the highest rated, non-new build development in CBRE’s portfolio.
The entire building was let during the construction process, confirming the significant improvement the refurbishment provided.
“Stride Treglown have been central to the successful delivery of the Manvers Street project. Their experience in heritage settings, sensitive design approach and attention to detail in the delivery of quality architecture was instrumental in delivering a complex and challenging urban redevelopment in the heart of a sensitive heritage city.”
Mick Roult, Director at CBRE Global Investors