Crux is expanding rapidly. Our ability to innovate and collaborate continues to be recognised by clients new and old. In tandem, exceptionally talented recruits continue to join, attracted by the Crux ethos, working environment and projects. With continued growth, the Crux team is evolving design processes and techniques to enable ideas to be conceived, tested and developed faster and with more technical rigour. One crucial ingredient we’re improving is the very physical structure we work in. We started planning a new office in August 2014 and instigated a new 10,000 sq ft build with space and facilities to expand. Today we are close to seeing the completion of a watertight shell and core build. Our new studio is in the Phase 3 expansion of Bristol’s Paintworks site, where we’ve been based since 2009. We have enjoyed the vibe here and look forward to an exciting future for Bristol’s strong creative sector.
We have been working with a number of local companies to drive the build project forward. It’s been fascinating to see the differences and to draw parallels between the product design processes and those deployed in the architectural & construction industries. We have been surprised by the sheer number of people involved in the project. The journey so far has been enjoyable and we are excited to see the culmination of a lot of hard work as we approach our August 2017 move-in date. Our proximity to the new site, just a 2-minute walk away, has been a real bonus; frequent site visits have been easy. The minimal impact on our day to day life with such a large construction project on our doorstep has been remarkable – well done Crest!
The Paintworks Phase 3 development is an extensive live/work environment in Bristol’s creative quarter. The whole development is built upon a large, hidden under croft carpark, whose complex nature has seen the site become one of Europe’s largest concrete construction programs. We were able to get some early input into the shell and core construction by meeting with Stride Treglown (site architects) and Crest Nicholson (site construction) who developed the concept initially proposed by the Nash Partnership. Critically we have been able to interact with many aspects of the base build design and construction during the last two years to ensure it is bespoke to our requirements.
As part of a due diligence piece of work to ensure the building would be fit for purpose, we could not stop ourselves from generating ideas and layouts! Working with the now well-established shell and core plans, we selected Alec French to head up the architectural duties for our internal fit-out project. We particularly liked the Alec French team, their ethos and their regional work on similar sized projects. Sharing images via Pinterest has provided them with a good insight into our ideas and aspirations. Other key members of the extended project team include Gardiner & Theobald, Method consulting and Curtains. We are working closely with all parties to ensure future adaptation of the building is possible as we face change, so that not only current needs are met but, as the company grows, the space can evolve with us.
Since early 2014 we have been working hard on the design detail and trying to capture the future needs of the Crux team. Throughout the process we have sought input from the Crux design & engineering team. Several of the key internal features evolved from this input. We are very excited about our move planned for this summer, and between now and then relish the opportunity to see our plans unfold. In the meantime, we will continue to focus on attracting exceptional new talent to join our growing team.