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The Guildhall, Bristol

The Guildhall and neighbouring Albion Chambers are part of the historic fabric of old Bristol city. The Grade I/II listed buildings are being converted into Bristol’s first 5* hotel by Trevor Osborne Property Group. Novell Tullett was appointed to design courtyard spaces, a roof garden and green walls within the heart of the scheme.

Our skills in making convivial spaces which are derived from the place narrative will be used to maximise the potential for residents and visitors.

During the day the historic passageways between Small St and Broad St will be open to pedestrians, leading them through the core of the hotel. At night, threads of overhead lighting will transform the space into an illuminated terrace for the hotel bar. Once forbidding high judiciary walls will be softened with vertical green planting.

The two passageways will also be linked to each other for the first time, so much attention has been given to making the awkward gradients graceful, while preserving level areas for tables and chairs.

Existing materials such as the chunky cobbles worn by carriage wheels, will be relaid as an edge detail to the new stone paving which will provide a safer footway.

The roof terrace will offer panoramic views across the city from the bar and infinity pool.