Left-Handed Giant, Bristol

Client: Left-Handed Giant Ltd

We were appointed for Building Control services on the fit out of the historic Compressor Building at Finzels Reach in Bristol City Centre. Already rich with brewing history the Compressor Building was transformed into a new home for successful brewing company, Left-Handed Giant.

Works included the creation of a new bar, restaurant facilities and ancillary accommodation and is set over three floors. The brewpub is instantly-recognisable with its large open front that overlooks the iconic Floating Harbour.

Bennetts Farm and Food, Worcester 

Client: Bennetts Farm & Food LTD

Bennetts Farm & Food embarked on an exciting project to enhance its facilities by constructing a new visitor centre. At Cook Brown, we provided Building Control services for this project. The new building, designed to serve multiple purposes, houses a café, a function room, and classrooms. These spaces are primarily used for weddings and local craft groups, offering a versatile and welcoming environment for various events and community activities.

The new visitor centre at Bennetts Farm & Food emphasises sustainability by incorporating renewable heating sources and a unique wall constructed using straw bales. These eco-friendly features not only reduce the building’s carbon footprint but also demonstrate a commitment to sustainable construction practices.

Surveyor Focus
Achieving compliance with thermal and fire requirements was crucial to the success of the project. Our goal was to ensure that the new visitor centre met all necessary regulations while maintaining high standards of safety and energy efficiency.

Our Approach 
We adopted a collaborative approach, working closely with the client, architect, and contractors to achieve a compliant scheme.

Key Challenges
The fire safety design posed considerable challenges due to the intricate nature of the building’s layout and intended uses. However, through our active participation in design and site meetings, we successfully addressed these challenges and achieved compliance.

Bocabar, Bristol
Client: Bocabar Ltd

This project entailed a fit out of the ground floor of the existing building to create a new home for a popular Bristol bar/restaurant, Bocabar. The existing building is a historic Fermentation Building that is now set in the heart of the city’s Finzels Reach development.

Nisbets, Nationwide

Client: Nisbets Plc

We have been working with Nisbets Plc for a number of years providing a wide range of Building Control services for a diverse projects including their Central Distribution Warehouse, Regional Warehouses and Retail Units nationwide, with construction costs ranging from £50k to £3m. To ensure an efficient and effective turnaround of projects, we maintain in regular communication and ensure Plan Report Assessments are prepared promptly at the pre-tender stage.

Former Southmead Police Station, Bristol Client: Halsall Construction The former Southmead Police Station in Bristol was demolished and replaced with a new sixty-six bed care home that specialises in treating people with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. Each room is finished to a high specification and complete with its own en-suite wet room. The interior of the building replicates a luxury hotel style surrounding and it even boasts its own coffee shop, comfy cinema room and hair and beauty salon.

Cook Brown Building Control Ltd

Unit 4, Middle Bridge Business Park
Bristol Road
BS20 6PN

T: 01275 848228


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