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Carea Provides The Perfect Facade To World Class Office Development

Cladding specialists, Carea, has delivered a striking facade to new commercial building Bridgewater House in Bristol, helping to create a landmark 10,200m² office development in the heart of the new £255 million city centre quarter of Finzel’s Reach. 


Designed by award winning architects Sheppard Robson and AWW Architecture, and built by main contractor Sisk UK, the building sits on the former Courage Brewery site. With views over Temple Cross and the busy central area of Finzel’s Reach, with access to its restaurants, wine bars and shops, Bridgewater House has been designed to offer a high quality mixed use grade A office space.

For the exterior of the new building, a cladding system that would provide an elegant contrast against the decorative glass frontage was required. Carea’s Acantha cladding met the brief.

Installed by specialist contractor Astec Projects Ltd, the façade features 14mm thick Acantha cladding, in light grey Copacabana matt finish. Arranged in a regular pattern, the cladding forms a central spine to the building and provides a counterbalance to the glass resulting in a visually striking facade.

Each Carea panel is formed using 90% natural minerals and 10% binding resin to provide the perfect aesthetic solution for both the client and the designer. Installation is quick and simple with the Carea facade system, as each panel is supplied with specialised horizontal rails that fit onto vertical cladding supports. With precisely routed grooves on the top and bottom, the simple fix provides a totally seamless finish to maintain the stunning appearance of the project.

Once installed, Carea’s panels will provide the building’s owners, staff and clientele with a wide range of benefits including excellent thermal efficiency and the elimination of cold bridging. As well as these thermal qualities, the system also offers exceptional acoustic and aesthetic performance. Easily cleaned and requiring minimal maintenance, it is a highly economical cladding solution that will look good for years.

Following the installation of the Acantha cladding systems, the office’s stylish facade has helped to ensure the building represents the best in contemporary design and serve as a focal point for this exceptional mixed use development.

The Finzel’s Reach development includes over 28,000m² of grade A office space, 399 high-spec apartments and more than 8,000m² of cafés and shops.  Set in an extensive landscaped public space, a planned beautiful new bridge will link the development to the city centre.With its latest addition, Bridgewater House, and its Carea façade, the development looks set to further establish Finzel’s Reach asBristol’s key commercial centre.