House in the mountains of Sierra Nevada, Spain

With exceptional views the aim was to create living accommodation which allowed you to do as many activities outside in nature as was possible, through the changing seasons.

The GreenWay Project, Bristol

The Greenway Project in Bristol started with conversations around how to encourage people along greener paths into and out of the city, taking routes which led them away from main roads.

The project goes between community hubs and has used public art and food recipes to reach outwards into the community. It celebrates the local cultural foods of the area, the residents and creates spaces to gather and engage along a green route.

Delivered from conception to completion, considering how the community money would be most usefully spent. Street furniture has been introduced to the green spaces for feasting; bike racks for sustainable transport options with insect hotels to add biodiversity; changing the spatial configuration of the public spaces, making the community buildings look outward and shine by rendering the walls and supporting an artist competition; the recipe competition enabled local people to further engage with the project; tree planting and the consideration of the lighting scheme to create safer spaces by night. All of which enables the community to better use their public spaces with food at the heart of the offer.

Sri Lanka – House in the Village

A house built for retirement was the brief.

Designed and project managed on site, utilising local trade and materials, a house was constructed within 5 months in Sri Lanka (formerly Ceylon) an island south of India in the Indian Ocean. Its diverse landscapes range from rainforest and arid plains to highlands and sandy beaches.

The house was built using interlocking earth compressed bricks, to allow the walls to breath and prevent heat being trapped. The orientation, verandahs, high ceilings and cross ventilation mitigate the need for air conditioning in a highly tropical, humid landscape.

Everything from the kitchen work surfaces to handles on doors were a bespoke design.

Having respect and embedding ones self in the local culture was the best way to make sure the outcome sat well within the community and place.

Brunel’s SS Great Britain Cafe

Discover the ship that changed the world and the renovated cafe

We were proud to work alongside a London based branding team and the client SS Great Britain to revitalise the cafe for the No. 1 tourist attraction in Bristol.

The cafe was renovated over 7 nights to enable activity to continue during the day. The delivery was costed, project managed and designed by our in house team. The look and feel of the cafe was developed to match the brand associated with Brunel’s SS Great Britain.

Old Market Assembly

Old Market Assembly, Bristol

Opened in November 2015. From conception to completion took a year and half, with the clients. The building hosts a theatre, bakery, music performance space, bar and restaurant.

Once a strip joint and before that a bank we brought the building back to life as the beautiful architectural gem it once was. The beautiful roof light was uncovered, the boxing to the front facade was opened up to let natural light in and the large steel vault was removed.

The balcony was reoriented and kitchen and bar opened up in to the main space. The building has played a key role in activating the Old Market High Street since 2015.

M32 Motorway Underpass

Junction 2 of the M32 offers a large covered space which can be used in many
ways for the community. It has huge potential yet is under used.
The junction is a key route between Fishponds, Easton, Stapleton road and
Eastville Park with Muller road and Lockleaze, St Werburghs and the retail
park where many people shop. The space sits on the boundary of Eastville
and Lockleaze, and are Bristol’s fourth and fifth most diverse neighbourhoods.
Many ethnicities, religions and backgrounds all add to the social mix.1 The
space has the potential to be a rich place of community exchange due to the
location and all weather protection.
Currently the space is only used as a through route, this can be due to the
harsh environment, and that there is no reason to stop and dwell. Pedestrians
have been killed at surface level as they try to avoid the subways,2 and the
space at night is deemed less safe and has been subject to crime such as
criminal damage and arson.3 There are also large areas of unused ‘left over’
space to the east of junction 2, connected with redundant subways. Low
footfall inherently means spaces are deemed less safe.

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The scope of this report will outline proposals for interventions and props
situated underneath Junction 2 that can improve the perception of the space,
increase dwell time, and capitalise on this large underused public space.

Bristol Food Connections 2015

Bristol Food Connections 2015 is a revolutionary food festival that takes place across the entire city. Nudge Group were asked to give the event a sense of place.

Bristol is an inspirational city when it comes to food. The diversity of communities and food cultures in the city make Bristol the ideal location for a collaborative event of this kind.

From farmers’ markets and local shops to BBC food, independent restaurants, growers, bakeries, butchers and writers – there’s a lot going on and it deserves to be recognised and celebrated!

The festival will join the dots and connect people with good food – food that is good for you, good for the environment and good for the local economy.

Tanzania – Boutique Hotel Complex

A boutique hotel in Tanzania was designed for jet setting clients based in the Middle-East.

The complex comprises of a new grand entrance building with restaurant, bar and gym. A natural swimming pool takes centre stage with self contained sleeping huts wrapping round it with there very own plunge pools. Local materials have been used throughout with the built structures taking full advantage of monsoon winds and the sea breeze for natural ventilation.

BBC @ Bristol Food Connections

Bristol has an incredible food heritage. The BBC, Bristol Food Connections and Bristol City Council have come together to create a unique food event that truly represents the city’s ‘independent and maverick’ character. We produced a tender document to deliver one parcel of the activties to be held in Lloyds Amiphitheatre, Harbourside.

The Wharf, Bristol

Redcliffe Wharf is one of Bristol’s most ‘iconic’ sites, just below the beautiful church of St Mary Redcliffe and close to the city centre. It was once at the very heart of Bristol’s maritime activity, and it was there that the ‘Matthew’ was built in recent years. It is now an unoccupied area of tarmac and derelict buildings, used as a temporary car-park.

The Wharf project was created in collaboration with Alastair Sawday of Sawday’s and Canopy and Stars to create a temporary creative activity for the empty site in a prime location of Bristol.

Alastair Sawday describes the project as having, “…the potential to become a symbol of Bristol’s dynamism, her capacity to innovate and put ideas into practice, and her drive to become a genuinely green city. The Wharf could also become a beacon for the European Green Capital Year of 2015 – with the project transferring to another site if the Wharf is no longer available.”

The Wharf project was developed at a rapid pace in early 2014 to help inspire the Council and residents of Bristol of the full potential of what such a public space could offer the city. It has received an extraordinary level of support from the Council, Bristol Mayor, public bodies and the community.

It comprises of:

  • ‘smart living’ pod showcasing emerging sustainable home’s technology
  • A ‘smart food’ venue, showcasing local, seasonal food.
  • A ‘smart energy’ play zone showcasing renewable energy system.
  • A ‘smart sleeping’ zone, or pop-up hotel, with rooms to rent in eco-pods or tents
  • Space for demonstrating low-cost eco-architectural designs.
  • Spa area (with hot tubs and yoga) and swimming pool in the harbour.

The Wharf project optimises Bristol’s search for a sustainable future, part of the Mayor’s ‘laboratory of change’ – and could be part of our engagement with the European Green Capital award.

This is a project for the residents and visitors of Bristol: A project that can take root anywhere in the city. A Nudge delivered project, keeping to our ethos, of:

  • Must be fun
  • Must inspire
  • Must be about people
  • Must enhance the social, economic and environmental attributes of a place.