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DKA designing school expansion

24 June 2014

DKA have worked with Skanska and Bristol LEP to create a new annex for Ashton Gate Primary School, converting the Imperial Tobacco offices on Upton Road, Bristol. The project has now been submitted for planning. The conversion will create 16 new junior classrooms over three floors arranged in year group clusters, doubling the school intake to 4 Form Entry. Infants remain at the existing school a short walk away. New spaces are to modern sizes and standards, well lit and naturally ventilated. A new lift improves access and car parks will become new playgrounds.

The building has been occupied by Imperial Tobacco for 100 years, originally as factory space and more recently as office space. It is one of only two surviving buildings from the historic tobacco estate. The original envelope is retained with few external modifications. The building has a fine brickwork frontage and high ceilings making it ideal for conversion.

Mayor George Ferguson said “This former factory site in Upton Road makes good common sense for Ashton Gate Primary School. Sites like this which meet our requirements are at a premium in the City and we need to move quickly if we are to meet the predicted shortfall in places over the next few years.”

Here at DKA we’re proud to be respectfully transforming a historical landmark into a lasting community asset.