Design Awards 2014
Bridgegate House Refurbishment, Irvine
Ian Springford Architects
Winner: Sustainability Award
Bridgegate House was originally designed by Irvine Development Corporation as part of the 1966 New Town development. The occupier, North Ayrshire Council, commissioned the refurbishment of the building as a major element of the town centre regeneration project.
The Client brief was to upgrade the external envelope, internal office spaces and shop fronts, all while the building remained in occupation.
Our priority was to visually break down the overbearing mass by applying a simple ceramic frit pattern to solar-control glass panels, to reflect the sky and let the upper floors recede into the background.
A screen of rich, mesh louvers at first floor level creates a textured layer of animation along the street. An interjection of copper alloy highlights the new civic entrance and provides a warm contrast to the glass.
The neglected High Street underpass has been enclosed with a light, transparent envelope to bring a focal point to the High Street. Within this space a vibrant, multi-functional, Customer Services Centre houses the Council’s front facing services, further streamlining their operational efficiency and creating a new public image.
The endless, depressing corridors were stripped out to liberate the space. There are no fan coil units or vast arrays of suspended ceiling tiles, the concrete soffits and building services are exposed and the occupants simply open the windows and use blinds.
The new open plan layout now accommodates 450 rather than 180 staff, and the EPC rating improved from ‘F+’ to ‘B’. The refurbishment project aims to achieve BREEAM ‘Excellent’.