Home of the MoD Procurement Executive, Abbeywood underwent a comprehensive masterplanning exercise before any development took place on the greenfield site in Bristol. Our brief was to accommodate almost 100,000 square metres of office accommodation for 6000 staff on a 40-hectare site.
To create an office campus car parking was located at the fringes of the site and the buildings were set in a woodland framework with interconnecting avenues of trees, some over half a kilometre in length. The woodland provided a back drop for an extensive collection of semi-mature trees. In addition we incorporated a network of water features and SUDs into the masterplan. The attenuation lake, over two-hectares in area, also provides security for the campus.
The scheme focused around a series of linked public open spaces, hard paved areas, plazas and parkland, as well as smaller private spaces for individual offices or neighbourhoods.