Work is nearing completion on Ferguson Mann’s overhaul of SOM’s 1970s former Wills Imperial Tobacco headquarters in South Bristol
The £40 million scheme by former RIBA president George Ferguson’s practice retained the block’s Cor-ten steel frame, except for vertical bays either side of the building which were removed to form a new glass entrance. This leads into a full-height atrium covered with a lightweight ETFE roof. .
Under floor heating and hot water in the flat is provided from a ground source heat pump and biomass boiler.
The concrete lower floors of the building, formerly a shopping area for the Wills employees, have been remodelled to form duplex apartments overlooking the
The Lakeshore project was so called because of the similarities between the factory and Mies van der Rohe’s ground-breaking Chicago apartment buildings
SOM collaborated with British practice York Rosenberg Mardell on the designs for the lakeside complex, which opened in 1974.
The factory was closed in 1991, almost completely demolished in 1997, and then stripped of its marble, windows and exterior precast concrete cladding.