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Cheltenham’s most dynamic work and social space is on its way.
The Quadrangle, a 1970s landmark, has been sensitively re-imagined to create contemporary commercial space.
Four storeys of premium office space have been designed to meet the needs of Cheltenham’s vibrant 21st century business community. Its prime location offers exceptional retail and café venues on the ground floor, with the exciting addition of a roof-top restaurant offering diners views across the tree tops of Montpellier.
Detailed planning consent
Work on site anticipated to start
Completed and occupied by tenants
The Design Story
Originally built in 1973, the Quadrangle is located on the corner of Imperial Square and Promenade, overlooking Imperial Gardens. Proud of its position within the heritage landscape of the town, care is being taken to sensitively update the façades.
This 70s landmark is being elevated for the 21st century. The replacement of all 400 windows and addition of feature surrounds incorporates a choice of naturally ventilated or fully air conditioned space, while architecturally referencing the Quadrangle’s historic setting of Imperial Square.
Taking account of environmental design considerations, solar panels will be installed on the roof, generating energy to be used within the building.
The complete refurbishment of the Quadrangle will create four storeys of premium open plan workspace. Each floor has the flexibility to be rented either in its entirety, around 13,000 sq ft, or as two separate office units.
Tenants and their visitors will enter the building from a more prominent main entrance on Promenade, leading into a welcoming contemporary reception space. A small number of parking spaces will be removed in the underground car park and replaced with a dedicated secure bike storage area, alongside lockers and showering facilities, ideal for those firms encouraging people to cycle to work.
Plans are underway to transform the inner courtyard area, from which the Quadrangle derives its name, into a unique social space that can be enjoyed by all the businesses in the building.
Retail and Restaurants
The Quadrangle is perfectly positioned as a social destination for lunchtime workers, daytrip shoppers, evening diners and the town’s many thousands of festival-goers.
The ground floor refurbishment includes the addition of a raised seating area facing on to Promenade and Imperial Square, which will be extended outwards to create more capacity for restaurants or cafés occupying these units. This will be enclosed with glazing and planters and will help to create more of a link through to Imperial Gardens, improving the integration of the building with its surroundings on three sides.
A roof-top restaurant, the first in the town, creates an additional 4,500 sq ft of premium dining space on the new sixth storey. Careful design will allow diners to enjoy spectacular views across the tree tops from the restaurant and its outdoor terrace, while not dominating the historic skyline.
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Construction and community
The refurbishment of the Quadrangle is now into its fourth month with demolition work due to be completed by the end of March. The first floor has undergone significant transformation with both the M&E works and window installation almost finished.
Work has also been carried out to prepare openings in the existing roof for stairwells to access the new rooftop restaurant and the steel structure will start being built from the end of February.
Involvement in the local community will be important once the Quadrangle is complete, but it’s also already a key theme during the construction phase. Light Up Cheltenham came to a successful end and a group of 16 students from the University of Gloucestershire’s Interior Design and Property Management course were given a tour of the site. They are using the Quadrangle project as part of a case study module and will be returning again once work has progressed further.
The Quadrangle bathed in light
Light Up Cheltenham kicked off in style on Saturday 1 February as hundreds of people flocked to the town centre to see more than 30 buildings, including the Quadrangle, spectacularly lit up. The event runs until Sunday 23 February and will also see the town go red during Valentine’s weekend and the return of the giant observation wheel in Imperial Gardens.
Quadrangle construction continues
It’s been a busy start to the year with the Quadrangle’s re-development continuing to progress and construction milestones being hit. On the first floor, the window installation has been completed and a new partition with Savills added so that demolition work can start, along with M&E works.
The fourth-floor structural framework system will begin being installed at the start of February and construction of the steel frame for the roof terrace will also commence at the same time.
Conversations have also been taking place about the many festivals that will be happening in the town this year. The first of these is Light Up Cheltenham which runs for three weeks from Saturday 1 February and will see the Quadrangle, along with other landmark buildings, bathed in light.
Refurbishment continues at pace
Work is progressing well as the refurbishment of the Quadrangle continues to take shape. The temporary roof has now been installed to protect against the elements during construction of the new fifth storey, while the internal refurbishment has started and is progressing well.
Later this month the steelwork from the fourth floor, which will form the basis of the rooftop restaurant, is due to begin. The design for the restaurant itself is also very near completion.
Work progressing on Quadrangle refurbishment
The site is now fully set up with the external envelope and inner courtyard scaffolding nearly complete and low-level hoardings in place. Protective sheeting is also being added to the scaffolding to ensure work can continue whatever the weather conditions.
Main contractors, Beard Construction, have an on-site project team overseeing the refurbishment work, while the required demolition work has also begun. This has so far been focused on the inside of the building, but work will start on dismantling the roof next month in preparation for the addition of a new fifth storey to house the rooftop restaurant.
Re-imagined Quadrangle plaza design approved
A design proposal for a new plaza space at the Quadrangle that will improve the relationship between the 1970s landmark and Imperial Square Gardens has been approved by Cheltenham Borough Council.
Following a planning committee meeting on Thursday 19 September, the design was unanimously approved with one member commenting they were ‘really excited by these plans to enhance the town centre.’
Located on the corner of Cheltenham’s Imperial Square and Promenade, consent for the complete modernisation and refurbishment of the Quadrangle was granted in April 2018. Work has now started on the redevelopment following the appointment of Swindon-based Beard Construction as main contractor.
AWW Architects worked closely with Tyler Grange Landscape Architects to develop the new plaza plans, which will create a softer edge between the Quadrangle and the Gardens, helping to further open up the space. Retaining the spill-out external seating area for ground-floor restaurants from the original planning application, the design incorporates new landscaping which includes an undulating strip with a wavy retaining wall and scalloped lawn. This will help create more of a connection between the two spaces.
A key part of the proposal is the landscaping, with mature sweet gum and pear trees added to match those that are already near the Town Hall. The use of grasses and perennials will also help to soften the appearance of the plaza and, along with the undulating grassed area, create incidental seating spaces.
The path between the plaza and Town Hall is retained with both steps and a ramp providing universal access for the level change, as well as the potential for a route from the Quadrangle atrium to the plaza.
“We’re delighted that the plaza plans have been unanimously approved and with such a positive reaction,” said Paul Jenkins from SF Planning. “Following feedback from Cheltenham Borough Council on the original planning application, the entire project team worked with the tree and parks officers to ensure the new design creates a plaza space that the public can enjoy.
“We also consulted the Town Hall, Friends of Imperial Square Gardens and Art in the Park on the design. Removable display stands have been included to accommodate the latter.
“The re-imagined design has undoubtedly made improvements to not only how the plaza can be used but created an improved link between the Quadrangle and Imperial Square Gardens. The complete refurbishment of the Quadrangle is a hugely exciting project in Cheltenham and the plaza development is an important part of this.”