Gilbert House

Project Overview

  • Location:Bristol
  • Client:Thirdway Architecture
  • Architect:Thirdway Architecture
  • M&E Contractor:CW Duke Ltd
  • Electrical Contractor:Blues Electrical
  • Completion:Feb-21

In the heart of Bristol, Gilbert House was built in 1933 by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, architect and designer of the red telephone box. A blend of gothic tradition and modernism lending a sense of grandeur to notable buildings across the country. A nod to the Art Deco period in which it was built, the Gilbert House comprehensive refurbishment feels akin to a private members club, but with a modern edge. Elegant feature lighting, pastel hues, and period features throughout respect the building’s character and heritage. Simultaneously, 41 Corn Street has also been fully refurbished to provide an open plan, modern Grade A office space.

With the talented team at ThirdWay Architecture, GDS worked through numerous options for both feature and functional lighting across both buildings. Various custom samples and finishes were explored with both architect and contractor prior to sign-off of the GDS equipment. The challenging logistics of the phased delivery were met with ease under close collaboration with the on-site electrical teams. GDS designed, manufactured, and delivered custom chandeliers, wall lights, and decorative linear solutions across the Grade II listed space. We also provided functional surface mounted downlights with a custom finish to the office floorplates.

Solutions Provided

The solution provided for Gilbert House was a mixture of feature, and functional lighting and design. We used an array of custom fittings to suit client requirements, all whilst remaining sensitive to the historic nature of the building. A subtle mix modern black fittings and custom metallic finishes throughout the building providing a modern, yet exclusive feel.

"We thoroughly enjoyed working with GDS on what has turned out to be a very successful lighting scheme. They understood the brand we were looking to create from the outset and how important a part the luminaire features would play in featuring classical, art deco concepts."

Chelsie Rashtie

Architect - ThirdWay Architecture