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20 Manvers Street, Bath

Originally built in 1972, the six-storey office sits between two listed buildings in the centre of Bath, but was characterised by its neglected exterior and a dark, dated interior. To add to its woes, routine maintenance could not address the issues facing the occupiers and the plant was on its last legs.

Remodelled Landmark Building offering high quality office space in central Bath.

 

 

A new glazed entrance has been introduced at pavement level to improve the relationship between building and public realm, while a bright, high quality reception space with feature finishes creates a sense of arrival for visitors.

 

 

The previous dated office area has been refurbished into light, airy, open plan workspace, with increased glazing offering views out to the historic city centre.

 

 

The works will involve the creation of a new spacious reception area, accessed at pavement level, together with a new fourth floor. This accommodation will benefit from full height glazing with extensive views across the Bath skyline to the countryside beyond. In addition to on-site parking, the scheme will have extensive secure cycle storage, showers and locker facilities.

 

 

All office areas and main entrance are fully air conditioned with efficient VRF systems zoned to allow each floor to be divided separate tenancies.

 

 

The roof plant is contained within acoustic screens with photovoltaic panels.

The building layout has been designed to provide the occupiers with maximum flexibility, while the M&E layout offers a blank canvas for tenant fit out.

In terms of sustainability, BREEAM Very Good and EPC B formed the basis of the client’s brief. 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 building was successfully repositioned at the top end of the local commercial rental market and was fully let during the construction process, confirming the significant improvement the refurbishment provided.