Client: Colston Tower

Location: Bristol, UK

The Colston Tower in Bristol is a well-known landmark in Bristol City Centre and now has a striking new look. Managed by Alder King, a £2million budget was available to improve its image and lettability. The way in which it presented itself to the street was unconventional, the reception area being at first floor level. As part of the 24 month long project, Wylde IA’s interior designer Maxine Bennett worked alongside Alder King to transform the Colston Tower into a state-of-the-art office complex.

Our brief was reconfiguration of the tower’s original 1970’s frontage and installation of a new main entrance at ground level, with access for disabled users on Colston Avenue. We were responsible for all design work for the scheme.

We transformed the external appearance of the building by replacing much of the concrete cladding with cedar and removing some of the external concrete balustrades and adding stainless steel, cable and wires. The result is a more distinctive streetscape featuring more planting which has led to less vandalism. In reception, the 3m long water-themed sculpture was the result of a successful collaboration between Wylde IA and other Bristol artists and manufacturers. It illuminates the reception space in the evenings with a pool of blue light. Previously the reception was invisible from the street, with poor access. The new design brings the entrance to street level directly beneath the tower, making it wheelchair accessible and much more natural.