Lakeshore attracts Paris students for tour

Issue date: 18 January 2012

Lakeshore has become Bristol's newest attraction when it comes to architecture and planning, with students coming from afar to learn how this unique property was developed.

The students, who are studying a Geography degree and within that town planning, from the Paris (Diderot) University, have been invited to the city as part of UWE Bristol's international work with other universities. The students will visit Bristol's latest architectural delight on January 17th to get an introduction to Lakeshore including its original history and the designers. The original team was lead by legendary architects Skidmore and Owings and Merrill, inspired by modernist Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe.

Urban Splash's huge restoration project of the Old Will's Imperial Tobacco Factory has kept the history alive by maintaining elements of the original building including the Cor-Ten frame which has been left untouched. Fergusson Mann architects then injected fresh stylish contemporary designs, which is what makes this property so unique.

Mike Devereux, Senior Lecturer in Architecture and Planning at UWE Bristol commented, “I chose this location due to my knowledge about the development from working in Bristol and knowing the city well. I found it unique in its ability to take something old and completely refresh it, but yet retain its historic elements. I have helped organise this as it's a great learning experience and I will be accompanying the 25 French students and three staff on their tour of Lakeshore.”

The developers for this shining eco property made use of the space to create a variety of apartments with extra high ceilings, full length windows and balconies. New heating technologies ensure the buildings supply of hot water and under-floor heating is 100% renewable.

As well as the eco and sustainable aspects Lakeshore is a great example of destination living with its unique style, design and even built on its very own private lake within 10 acres of landscaped grounds. The futuristic design of the Grade II Cor-Ten steel building is made from weathering steel and cleverly protects itself from corrosion, interestingly it also changes colour depending on location.

Mike continued: “The students are used to an institutional approach to architecture and planning therefore this is a great learning experience for them. Our own students at UWE are fortunate to have this development on their doorstep in order to benefit from this as a learning experience. The visiting students are particularly interested in urban regeneration and creative initiatives to reuse land and buildings that benefits many groups, hence the contact with Urban Splash. As it is very government led from France it would be good to see a contrast and a new way of looking at urban regeneration.”

Tom Bloxham, Chairman of Urban Splash explains;

"Lakeshore is our first development in Bristol and offers a variety of different living styles to its residents. We have worked with the best local partners to design and build a really striking place to live, set in a rural landscape.”


Editors Contacts:

Plaster Creative Communications

Kellie Hasbury E: T: 0117 953 0320

Emily Burrows E: T: 0117 953 0320

Notes to Editors:

Urban Splash

Award winning property developer Urban Splash is the country's leading regeneration company. It delivers true mixed use schemes including residential property of all tenures, commercial office, retail and a hotel.

Founded in 1993 by Tom Bloxham MBE and Jonathan Falkingham, the company has its head office in Manchester with regional offices in Liverpool, Bradford, Birmingham, Bristol and Manchester.

Urban Splash has delivered challenging and exciting regeneration projects across the country including Fort Dunlop in Birmingham, Chimney Pot Park in Salford, Castlefield and New Islington in Manchester, The Midland Hotel in Morecambe, Royal William Yard in Plymouth, Lister Mills in Bradford, Rotunda in Birmingham, Matchworks in Garston and the Ropewalks in Liverpool.

In total the company has delivered hundreds of millions of pounds worth of new homes and commercial space.

The company has received over 290 awards to date for its commitment to architecture, design, regeneration and business success including 41 RIBA Awards the most won by a property developer.

Homes and Communities Agency

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) is the single, national housing and regeneration delivery agency for England. Our vision is to create opportunity for people to live in homes they can afford in places they want to live, by enabling local authorities and communities to deliver the ambition they have for their own areas.

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