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.

Loughborough Junction – Meanwhile Space

Nudge Group were delighted to win the competition to transform two railway arches for Meanwhile Space. Two 2 railway arches in Loughborough Junction  have been activated to support enterprise. Funded by J.P. Morgan with the aim of creating a multifunctional enterprise hub for use by start-ups, makers, designers, food businesses and everything in between. The enterprise hub is intended to provide flexible working and making space as well as meeting space, events space and also trading space. Participation, engagement and collaboration were key components in the design to create a fair & balanced competitive environment, people shaping their future, creativity and independence of thought.

OVO Energy

OVO energy commissioned Nudge Group to create a unique, collaborative work environment, which sets the tone for the ethos of the young, fast growing company. Working with the existing 90’s building, Nudge turned a five-storey atrium space into a lushes green oasis, inclusive of a meeting room on stilts, reception desk, café area, library and signage.

The tree house on stilts is the centre piece of the five storey glass atrium, acting as a meeting room, viewing platform and playhouse. Designed in collaboration with Bower House construction and Round Wood Design Ltd., the feature was created entirely using locally sourced timber in keeping with OVO Energy’s eco mentality.

To further reflect the company’s  eco ideology, we worked with PlantCare to display over 700 plants around the building, including a 6.5m moss wall and vines trailing off the balconies of each floor.

The curvaceous library on the ground floor, designed by Nudge, allows a natural flow of people from the reception area through to the meeting spaces. The surrounding wooden slats mimic the rhythm of the structure on stilts and tree pots, giving the space a harmonic unity.

The refurbishment brings a new life into the office building, creating a light, fresh and inspiring environment for the employees and epitomizing the values of OVO energy.

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.

Olympic Legacy Research

Together with Common Capital, Cardiff University and Pop Up Bristol we carried out a piece of research for The London Legacy Development Corporation, investigating how to successfully deliver Meanwhile Use Spaces in the current economic climate. This work was adopted in July 2013 to develop the Stratford Queen Elizabeth Park. Nudge is looking forward to seeing how effective our research has been. Research and development (R & D) is a big part of what we do. We believe in innovation, which means taking the time out to develop new ideas that can be used within our built environment.

This work was carried out whilst at Coda Architects Ltd.

Meanwhile Land Use – Summary Report

Meanwhile Land Use

Temple Studios, Bristol

Digital Campus in Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, Temple Gate, BS1, Bristol for TCN UK.
Spatial layouts, lighting layout, electrical layouts, furniture design, material specifications were delivered.

Creative Common

Temporary Use development at what was once the car park serving Temple Meads station, described by the ITV as, “once a wasteland”.
Materplanning, visioning, below ground works infrastructure design, Local development order (planning submission).

See a full report as broadcast by ITV.

Love Easton

Love Easton was a project which was set up to create pioneering ways to engage with local residents in inner city, east Bristol. The aim was to create a document of local people needs, wants and aspiration for their area. Unique engagement techniques were used, such as setting up a pop-up café for 6 weeks, weekly food events, design workshops, gigs, a street fair and exhibitions.

The result was a document which can be downloaded from this website and a final exhibition of the findings which were presented at the architecture centre, Bristol on the waterfront. This gave the project city wide recognition.

The project involved the design of a website, marketing, PR, community engagement, consultation, the design of a pop-up shop, exhibition curation, event coordination, document production, graphic design, branding, masterplanning and place-making strategies.

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