ST5871 : Light and colour

taken 9 months ago, near to Bristol, Great Britain

Light and colour
Light and colour
Looking directly up from the middle of the old E.S.& A. Robinson's building in Bedminster reveals a lot of the original ironwork. Originally a paper bag maker, the demand for personalised printing of the bags brought the opportunity to expand into other areas; soon, calendars and general stationery became a major part of the company's range.

Built in the late 1800s to provide premises for a large amount of industrial machinery and printing presses, the factory served for many decades; however, as much of the products were made for medical needs, a new factory was built elsewhere to allow more modern standards of hygiene in production.

After laying derelict for some time, the building was redeveloped into residential use in 2008. The conversion was a demanding project: thick flooring and heavy ironwork made for some testing planning but the central atrium was cleared to aid heating and ventilation. This is the view upwards, showing the circular balconies and much of the original steel girders. As part of that 'exposure' of the extant construction, a 'naked' lift system allows a fine view of the flats and apartments. At the top of the atrium is the canopy; it was hoped a glass frame would have sufficed but the option to use a canopy (similar to that in the Eden Project) was favoured due to the weight element.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 9 September, 2017   (more nearby)
Sunday, 10 September, 2017
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings  Business, Retail, Services  Suburb, Urban fringe 
Primary Subject of Photo
Apartment Block 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5839 7145 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:26.4303N 2:36.0032W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 5839 7145
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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Atrium  Lifts  Iron Girders 

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