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 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.