Underfall Yard


John Perkins Construction completed a prestigious £2.4 million contract to restore Bristol Harbourside’s Underfall Yard — a scheduled ancient monument and home to traditional boat building and marine crafts.

As part of the 47-week building and refurbishment programme, Site Manager Paul Glennon and a team of up to 30 specialists — from stone masons to roofers — sensitively restored and protected the future of the external fabric of seven red brick industrial buildings, including Grade II* listed landmarks, the Power House and chimney. The project also brought an abandoned workshop space back into use, and included the installation of solar panelling.

As a working yard, with part of the site as a public thoroughfare, careful screening and minimal disruption were required. But John Perkins Construction also wanted people to see the stages of restoration work, so the company built a viewing platform and a small visitor centre.

The efforts of the John Perkins team were rewarded at the 2017 Considerate Constructors Awards, where Paul Glennon and the team picked up a Gold National Site Award. The scheme was also named Project of the Year at the 2017 Building Safety Group Awards.

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Rupert Perkins talks through the Underfall Yard restoration

At the 2017 Building Safety Group (BSG) Awards, John Perkins Construction’s restoration of Underfall Yard was recognised with the BSG Project Award. In this video, Rupert Perkins talks through the demanding Health & Safety challenges of the project.

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