Fabulous Sky Garden Straw Pavilion

Sky Garden straw pavillion is a stunning feature of £20 million landmark homes project and possibly the world's 'highest' straw pavilion, has been lifted into position in the heart of Bristol.

It is the centrepiece of a stunning roof garden to be planted out eight floors up on top of one of the twin towers of a 1970s office complex now being converted into apartments by city regeneration specialists the PG Group.

The glass fronted pavilion with a green plant roof is being constructed of 22 prefabricated straw bale wall and roof panels produced and installed by Bristol Company ModCell Straw Technology. The firm's Business Development Director Finlay White said; "the building would be carbon neutral with excellent thermal insulation and would cut heating bills to a minimum. The pavilion is single storey but we don't think one has ever been built on top of a tower block before so it's probably the highest in the world."

The  pavilion for the exclusive leisure use of residents of the 148 new homes will overlook the garden which is the vision of award-winning landscape designer Karena Batstone. "With its dark water channel and swathes of flowery naturalistic planting  the garden references the ancient River Frome that once ran through Lewin’s Mead, or meadow "she said.

PG Development Director, Stuart Gaiger, said "considerable thought had gone into the  £500,000 garden which would also feature a lawn and three separate seating areas. These would include a poolside deck, scented with lavender and rosemary and a dining terrace, shaded by a wisteria-clad arbour. Espaliered apple trees and evergreen olive trees would also provide year round interest for residents and local wildlife! living high above the city", said Stuart.

“At ground level we have retained the stunning, double-storey, glass atrium and, in keeping with the roof garden, we have refurbished it to include a striking living wall of plants,” he said.


“With all its facilities, including a residents’ private gym, concierge service, and possible coffee shop, and its closeness to many other amenities, we feel that ‘Number One Bristol’ will encompass all that is most attractive and appealing about city living in the heart of Bristol,” said Mr Gaiger.

The £20 million development is now eighty percent sold and the first residents are expected to move in by the end of June, he confirmed.

Main Contractor, Bray & Slaughter’s Managing Director, Grant Jefferies said the lifting of the straw pavilion into position was a key milestone in the project and had demanded detailed planning and coordination in liaison with other stakeholders. "As a Bristol based regional construction company we are very proud to be delivering this conversion project for the PG Group," he said.

Client:

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The PG Group

Main contractor:

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Bray & Slaughter

Architect:

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O'Leary Goss