Current Projects

Kingsweston Echo

Kings Weston Estate and Garden Buildings

Conserving a nationally important historic landscape
The Kings Weston Estate is a 98-hectare historic parkland that was laid out by the Southwell family in the mid-to late eighteenth century, with the advice of eminent landscape designers Lancelot 'Capability' Brown and Thomas Wright. The informal park incorporates the remains of a formal landscape dating from Sir John Vanbrugh's redevelopment of an earlier house and... More

Ashton Gatehouse (formally Lower Lodge Gateway)

Heritage partnership scheme to establish a community hub
  Renovations of Ashton Gatehouse Complete! June 2017 Update. The renovation of Ashton Gatehouse is no complete. Thanks to many people's hard work and thanks to a £550,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant, with additional money from Bristol Buildings Preservation Trust, the Architectural Heritage Fund, Historic England, The Mercers’ Company and Bristol Visual... More

Past Projects

Old Clifton Baths and Swimming Pool

An inspired conversion of a swimming pool - to a swimming pool!
In February 2000 the Trust commissioned a feasibility study by architects Ferguson Mann, with support funding from English Heritage, on the potential for long term repair and reuse of the Old Clifton Pool, a Grade II* listed building dating from the 1850s. The building faced demolition due to lack of a viable conservation solution, and had reached a poor state of... More

The Loggia, Laundry and Banqueting Hall at Kings Weston

The challenging rescue of important ancillary buildings at Kings Weston House
Part of the Kings Weston Estate and adjacent to the Brewhouse, hidden in the scrub and trees, were the Vanbrugh structures relating to the architect's great South Terrace overlooking the Severn Estuary. In an increasingly ruinous state their conservation proved an even greater challenge than the Old Brewhouse. As part of the 1988 report by architects Niall... More

The Old Brewhouse at Kings Weston

Conservation and reuse of the old brewhouse at Kings Weston House
Part of the Kings Weston Estate, this outstanding Grade I listed brewhouse, attributed to Sir John Vanbrugh, was taken on board by the Trust in 1988 in a very sorry state. One wing of the building was missing and the roofs had collapsed in the remainder. The Trust appointed the conservation architects Niall Phillips to carry out a detailed study of the building... More

29 Queen Square

Conservation and repair of a nationally important Georgian townhouse
As the outstanding survivor of the development of Queen Square in the early eighteenth century, number 29 was recognised as a building requiring careful conservation and repair. It is listed as Grade I as a building of national importance. For many years a home for Bristol’s impecunious sailors, by 1988 it had been released for disposal by Bristol City... More

Brandon Cottage

Total restoration and sympathetic extension in a key location
This attractive Georgian Gothic cottage was neglected and derelict in a key location next to Queen's Parade and facing onto Brandon Hill Park. Backing onto a steep drop and being located on a very narrow site, no project had been developed to ensure its preservation. The Trust appointed Ferguson Mann as architects who prepared an ingenious scheme for... More

59 Stokes Croft

Restoration of dilapidated properties helping to revitalise the Stokes Croft Conservation Area
This building formed part of an early group of attractive Georgian buildings with projecting bays and fine doorcases facing onto Stokes Croft. The condition of the buildings were such that no solution could be found to enable conservation and viable repair. Bristol Buildings Preservation Trust had previously been aware of a sympathetic developer, Geoffrey... More

72/74 Colston Street

Much-needed repairs making an attractive contribution to historic Colston Street
This modest pair of Victorian shops helped support the fine seventeenth-century group of buildings at the top of Christmas Steps but by 1980 had reached a stage of near collapse and demolition. The Trust acquired the buildings from their respective owners and commissioned the architect Peter Ware to prepare a scheme for conversion into four flats with shops... More