Imperial Tobacco HQ Phase 1, Bristol
The new build £18m 100,000sqm Headquarters office for Imperial Tobacco in Bristol is set over 4 floors, featuring an impressive open atrium to all floors with curved balconies and flowing lines. Architects AWW put sustainability at the heart of the scheme, with a high quality, energy efficient, contemporary building with a BREAAM rating of ‘Excellent’.
“The Interiors Concept was born out of the global nature of Imperial Tobacco being a leading international company, it was important to create a crisp, corporate feel on entering the headquarters. We were precise about the requirements for the feature lighting; the luxurious Occhio lights were specifically chosen to accentuate the designed cool white contours and the warm rich timber features within the atrium, creating a dynamic arrival experience”.
“Each office wing was represented by a different continent whose cities and landmarks have informed the design of the spaces the breakout areas in particular expressing this. The lighting selected corresponds with the city on that particular floor, creating a fun space for staff to have their tea breaks and informal meetings”.
To accentuate contours and surfaces, AWW Interiors selected Occhio Piu spotlights, and these are implemented consistently throughout the space in different configurations. Recessed, surface mounted, wall and pendant luminaires create dramatic lit effects.
The flow of the space is underscored by the trim-less deep recessed Occhio Piu downlights, sliced into the plasterboard to highlight the curved balcony at all levels.
Not only do the next generation LED lights provide long life and lower energy consumption, the exchangeable LED chips, mean the products are both future proof and sustainable.
Lighting: Occhio, iGuzzini, Tom Dixon, Vitra, Toby House, Artworks Solutions
Awards: BCS Environmental Award 2014; BCO Corporate Workplace Award – South West, Thames Valley & South Wales Awards 2014; RICS SW Commercial Award 2014; Insider Property Awards Office Development of the Year 2013 – South West
Photography: Robert Sprang, Dave Parker