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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.
News & Updates
First tenant moves into the Quadrangle
With the stunning revamped façade of the Quadrangle now revealed, the building’s first tenant has also moved in.
While work is still progressing on site, estate agent, Savills, has relocated to a 1,809 sq ft office unit on the ground floor. Their previous location was on the Promenade facing side of the building where they have remained since work on the refurbishment started back in October 2019.
Chris Jarrett, head of residential for Savills in Cheltenham, said: “We began trading in Cheltenham over a decade ago, first opening our doors in 2007, and are delighted to welcome clients to our new offices in the Quadrangle. With close proximity to the Promenade and Imperial Gardens, the new 21st Century premises offers clients a warm and inviting space in which to discuss their property requirements. While the prime central location offers excellent transport links and a host of retail, café and dining venues both on site and nearby.”
Of the three remaining retail units on the ground floor available to let, one is currently under offer from Bosco Pizzeria. This space benefits from facing directly onto Imperial Gardens and with planning permission recently approved for some small changes to the plaza design that will create a softer edge between the Quadrangle and the gardens thanks to creative landscaping, it will be a hugely attractive restaurant venue. Work has just started on the plaza area.
“To see the Quadrangle’s new look revealed and the excitement it’s generated has been fantastic,” said Tim Smith, Partner at John Ryde Commercial. “The refurbishment will create premium office space in the heart of Cheltenham, together with an excellent addition to the town’s retail and leisure sectors. The new plaza will benefit not only the tenants but also those who use Imperial Gardens.
“While it remains a challenging time, we’ve been buoyed by the interest we’ve had so far. Along with Bosco, the second-floor office space is also under offer and we’re considering a proposal for the rooftop restaurant. We have three further floors of office space available ranging from 12,924 to 13,279 sq ft with the flexibility to be able to split the spaces into smaller units if needed.”
Work is due to be completed on the Quadrangle at the end of February 2021. Expressions of interest for the retail and restaurant space should be directed to joint agents Hartnell Taylor Cook and John Ryde Commercial. All office enquiries should go to John Ryde Commercial.
Landmark topping out of Cheltenham’s first rooftop restaurant
Family-run construction firm Beard has marked the topping out of the refurbished Quadrangle building in the historic centre of Cheltenham.
The ceremony was held, fittingly, in the shell that will become the building’s new rooftop restaurant, a first for the Gloucestershire town. The restaurant is the crowning achievement of an impressive multi-million-pound refurbishment project that is seeing the 1970s landmark transformed into four storeys of premium, modern commercial space.
The Quadrangle occupies a significant location in Cheltenham, close to the Grade-2 listed town hall, and overlooking the spa town’s famous Regency-era Promenade and Imperial Gardens.
The addition of the rooftop restaurant promises to make the Quadrangle a destination in its own right, as well as providing high-quality office and retail space.
Operations Director at Beard, Jamie Harwood, commented: “Buildings such as the Quadrangle are important to the towns and communities they serve. Beyond providing much-needed workspace and leisure facilities, it is an iconic building, and by virtue of its location has a wider significance to the town’s residents.
“It is a great honour for Beard to be part of this project and we have been committed – even with the difficulties imposed by Covid-19 – to keeping this important work on track, and to delivering on our promise of prompt and faultless delivery.”
Cllr Steve Jordan, leader of Cheltenham Borough Council who attended the topping out, says: “I was delighted to have the opportunity to see the Quadrangle refurbishment first-hand.
“The Quadrangle is in a key location and the refurbishment is an important investment in our town centre next to the Imperial Gardens and town hall. The new roof top restaurant certainly promises that extra wow-factor. I very much look forward to seeing its completion.”
Work is due to be completed on the Quadrangle at the end of February 2021. Expressions of interest for the retail and restaurant space should be directed to joint agents Hartnell Taylor Cook and John Ryde Commercial. Currently just over 15,000 sq ft of office and ground floor space is under offer, and any further office enquiries should go to John Ryde Commercial.
Rooftop restaurant structure completed
While the impact of Covid-19 has caused some delay to work on the Quadrangle redevelopment, we are pleased to report that good progress is still being made on site.
Perhaps most significantly, the fifth-floor rooftop restaurant structure is now complete. Curtain walling is in the process of being glazed, solar panels are being put in place and the structural flooring is due to be installed soon.
Work has also been progressing at pace throughout. In the basement, the main area has now been formed in preparation to fit the toilets, showers and changing rooms. The floors have been screeded and the first stage of mechanical and electrical (M&E) is progressing which includes installing ventilation and rainwater pipes. The stair extension and new fire escape stairs have also been installed linking the basement to the ground floor.
On the ground floor the toilets have been fitted out, second fix carpentry has started, and the shop front glazing is being installed. In the reception area, the entrance framework, along with the reception desk and ceiling wall and joinery design is being developed.
Levels 1 and 2 are complete with snagging in process while the final M&E items are being fitted on Level 3. All windows are installed on Level 4 with plastering due to start on the raised access floor at the end of the month. The roof covering has also commenced.
Site safety is top priority
Main contractor, Beard is continuing to work on the Quadrangle site, while closely observing safety guidelines developed by the Construction Leadership Council to maintain social distancing and protect site workers.
A number of important adjustments have been made to operating procedures and the layout of the site.
Access points to the site have been altered so that the entrance and exit are now one way only and internal staircases have also been designated as either up or down to avoid the need for workers to pass each other on the stairs. There are now also three separate canteens on site enabling workers to refuel and relax while preserving social distancing.
Additional hand washing facilities have been installed, with the taps operated by using knees rather than hands.
One of the key milestones was to complete the steel frame on the roof which will form the restaurant. This has now been finished in line with the schedule. The metal roof deck has also been installed to the frame and the roof installation has begun to the rooftop restaurant, with curtain walling commencing in early June.
Work has also continued in the large open office zones, with lights installed and fitted on Level 1, mechanical and engineering work on Level 4 and the installation of raised access floors on Levels 2 and 3.
Where necessary, materials are also being sourced from alternative suppliers which has a beneficial knock-on effect for local firms and helps keep work going.
Work continues on the Quadrangle
Beard has recently announced it is keeping 90% of its sites open and this includes the Quadrangle.
Work is continuing on site with Beard fully implementing the Site Operating Procedures drawn up by the Construction Leadership Council. This will ensure that staff and subcontractors working on the site are not exposed to unnecessary risk of infection.
Additional safety measures include lengthening the working day and re-sequencing work to allow different workers to be on site at different times and minimise the need for contact.
Although operational capacity has been reduced to around 50 per cent by these measures, and by the enforced absence of workers, by implementing a thorough safety regime, Beard has ensured that it is able to continue working.
Commenting on the decision, Mark Beard, Chair of Beard, said: “The safety of all those working for us, and of the general public, is always our top priority. We are doing everything we can to ensure our sites are as safe as possible, and we will never put pressure on anybody to work on-site when they should be self-isolating.
“We respect other firms’ decision to close sites, but the Government has given the industry a clear steer that it wants construction work to continue where possible. We are putting in every possible measure to follow this steer and continue to operate as many sites as we can.”
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.