Urban regeneration in Bristol ignites inspired design flare - by Lee Hankins

It has been a pleasure as well as an education to complete the design of a scheme of this nature and magnitude.

This opportunity has arisen as part of my Part 2 Architecture Degree at De Montfort University in Leicester from which I have now graduated after nine years of hard work.

Photo render external of Avonmouth Docks project in Bristol

The selected design challenge, initiated in my final year, was to design a new cruise ship terminal within the Avonmouth Docks in Bristol to provide new opportunities for the city.

Photo render internal of Avonmouth Docks project in Bristol

This represented an exciting opportunity to allow architecture to mould the surrounding area into an extremely prominent destination.  The new buildings and facilities include a new cruise ship terminal with conference facilities, bars and cafes along the waterfront and a new bus and train station.

Photo renders elevations of Avonmouth Docks project in Bristol

The main design element of the project was centred around the new cruise ship terminal and conference centre, or the 'Hub' as it was named.

Physical model photo of Avonmouth Docks project in Bristol

Sustainability...the entire eastern facade of the building is made up from purpose designed 'thermal cubes' which act as a 'jumper' for the building in the winter allowing it to draw hot air for use by the heating system and also hot water.
In the summer months the thermal cubes are used to purge hot air from the building using a series of valves and ducts. All of this is achieved whilst maintaining transparency of the facade and creating a gradual transition from the public space on the plaza to the high security internal space of the terminal building.

Custom designed thermal cube

During my nine years, I have undertaken many design projects and have completed many assignments including two dissertations; ‘Sustainability in Buildings for Healthcare’ and ‘Buildings that Teach’, investigating how the design of educational buildings affects child psychology and their development and learning. Given that philosophies promoting faster learning are similar to those that promote good health, both of these dissertations proved helpful in practice working in the healthcare department of brp architects.

Throughout my formal education I have obtained thirteen years office experience. The next stage for me is to complete my Part 3 to become a fully qualified Architect which I will be starting this coming September.

- Lee Hankins -

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