Bristol September 2014 – Goodchild Interiors has been informed it is among the winners in the UK regional stage of the International Property Awards 2014-15 sponsored by Gaggenau and in association with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
The awards were presented in London on 24th October 2014, at the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square.
During the ceremony we were presented with a five star award, representing the accolade of being the best office interior in the South West of the UK.
Duncan Lawrie Private Bank selected a Grade II listed building in Bristol's historic Queens Square as their regional headquarters. The choice reflects their status as an established yet forward-thinking bank.
A legal firm had previously occupied the building from the 1970s. They had divided the rooms, decorated them with woodchip wallpaper and florescent lights, and added plywood panels, dado rails and arches in their client-facing areas.
Goodchild Interiors was asked to propose ideas of how to restore the building to its former Georgian glory, including renovating the basement, client-facing area and administrative offices.
The design needed to embody the client’s values, incorporate the latest technology and seamlessly blend the renovation with a contemporary aesthetic.
Working directly for the clients, we liaised with the surveyors and their builders to install our architectural details and our specialists to provide bespoke furniture, fittings and soft furnishings.
The basic principles were straight forward: strip out the 1970s decor and restore the rooms to their original proportions, restore or introduce traditional architectural features to the principle rooms, and install technology, heating and ventilation unobtrusively within the fabric of the building or within architectural features. We were to restore the architecture of the building to its former glory by introducing colour and tone, fitting traditional doors and furniture, restoring the floors and plasterwork and fitting traditional panelling and radiator covers to the primary reception rooms.
Traditional paneling was fitted to the entrance of the library, introducing a feeling of status to the primary room.
The client-facing areas were to be of the highest status. They required the traditional - yet contemporary - feel of a modern company, not a stuffy bank.
This was created by introducing 'contemporary classic' light fittings and bespoke furniture, including several carefully selected ‘high value’ design pieces to create a feeling of status.
The top two floors were for administrative use, so we wanted to create a more contemporary, streamline feel using a lighter colour palate to unobtrusively blend the architectural features into the space and create a background for modern desking, storage and lighting, so their existing office equipment did not look out of place.
To create the desired impression for clients, the details had to be in keeping with the period of the building, but also feel contemporary. After removing the 1970s stuck-on mouldings and woodchip wallpaper we reinstated paneling and restored the architecture. The primary rooms - the boardroom and the client areas - were proritised. Bespoke furniture was commissioned to be in proportion to the rooms.
The design inspiration for the boardroom table, side table and reception desk was from the Bristol Nails, outside the Corn Exchange in central Bristol, where traders were known to pay for their goods 'on the nail'.
Radiator covers were designed in the same style as the furniture and to conceal the air conditioning units using Victorian pressed ventilation grills. Traditional school-style radiators were used in the other primary rooms and hallway.
We designed a contemporary, bespoke bookcase for the library that provided storage for technical books.
A neutral palate, hard wearing floor tiles and office-compliant lighting were used for the offices on the top two floors. A darker, more traditional colour palate was used for the client areas, with off-black painted boards surrounding recessed carpets or stair runners.
The Stuart Scott upholstered velvet furniture in strong colours adds texture and comfort to the primary rooms. Traditional Moroccan rugs have been used in the entrance hall and library for comfort, acoustics and to ‘zone’ seating areas.
Books, vases, table lights, object-de-arts, coat stands and artwork provide the finishing touches to make the rooms feel comfortable, informal and relaxed. An ideal place to discuss business or contemplate future plans.
Contemporary light fittings were used for general and task lighting. A combination of blinds, curtains and voiles was used to frame the views outside, so clients were screened from the electrical machinery on the flat roof outside the meeting room.
Duncan Laurie Private Bank offers clients a unique service in a comfortable and considered environment.
We restored the boardroom to its original proportions and re-introduced traditional features and details. Track lighting in the boardroom allows for the option of displaying regular art exhibitions by local artists.
The central table designed by Goodchild Interiors and made by local furniture maker Phillip Heaton was based on a traditional 17th century Hollandaise-style. It provides a unique look to the boardroom.