26 September 2016

Bristol's Architecture Centre appoints Nick Childs new Chair of Trustees

Nick Childs, Design Director of Childs+Sulzmann Architects, has been selected as the new Chair of Trustees following an open selection process.  The appointment comes at a significant time in the organisation’s history as it marks its 20th anniversary with a programme of activities to celebrate its achievements .. more

Nick Childs | click here for more
21 July 2016

'Transformed' leisure and fitness facilities now
officially opened

Residents of Dursley in the Stroud district of Gloucestershire have seen the official opening of their new leisure centre facilities in the heart of the town just nine months after the project started .. more

Dursley Leisure Centre | click here for more
28 June 2016

Plans submitted for
£9m development of
Thornbury Castle

An application for planning and listed building consent has been submitted for an extension to Thornbury Castle, just north of Bristol. Thornbury Castle, built during the reign of Henry VIII and the last Tudor castle in England, was originally converted for use as a hotel in the 1960s, and bought by current owners, Luxury Family Hotels, in 2011 .. more

Photography by Craig Aukland/Fotohaus | click here for more
15 June 2016

Duke of Westminster’s property company visits Bristol

It was a great pleasure recently to host a visit to Bristol by Grosvenor Estates, the company headed by the Duke of Westminster that represents all the business activities of the Grosvenor Family.

Their mission was to find out what makes the city such a great place .. more

Trump / Boris mural Bristol #INFORTHIS? | click here for more
15 June 2016

Colston Tower’s completed refurbishment proves the value of older buildings

For a long time we’ve underestimated the value of some of our mid-20th century buildings. Unloved concrete buildings have been perceived as having no value and as a result valuable building stock has been demolished to be replaced with new .. more

Colston Tower’s completed refurbishment | click here for more
08 June 2016

Childs+Sulzmann Win Award for Design Excellence on School Project

Childs+Sulzmann are delighted to have received a Design Award for their work on Colston’s Primary School in Cotham, Bristol.

The Design Awards, presented by Bristol Civic Society, recognise developments in Bristol which make a positive contribution to the local environment through excellence of design.

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Future Lab, Pervassive Media, Watershed, Bristol | click here for more
11 May 2016

Offices must evolve to meet changing expectations

There is a lot of discussion at the moment about new kinds of workspace. What happened in Shoreditch over recent years ago has inspired others all over the country to try to emulate the hipster environments to which every young creative business aspires .. more

Future Lab, Pervassive Media, Watershed, Bristol | click here for more
07 April 2016

There's still room in the roof!

Like many boutique hotels in historic buildings, Thornbury Castle could always use more rooms. This phenomenally successful hotel in what was the last Tudor Castle to be built in England sits in its own fabulous grounds, overlooking the Severn Estuary towards Wales .. more

Thornbury Castle, South Gloucestershire | click here for more
30 March 2016

It's huge! New Orangery at Deer Park far exceeds expectations

The wedding business is a vital part of the mix for most country house hotels. There seems to be an inexhaustable demand for beautiful venues for the ceremony and the reception, and we have just completed a real beauty!
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The Deer Park Country House Hotel, Devon | click here for more
30 March 2016

Why do we expect some of our most precious cultural institutions to occupy such difficult built environments?  And what can we do about it?

It’s been true for a long time that many arts organisations such as galleries, art house cinemas and performance spaces find themselves in grotty vacant buildings. This I suppose is not surprising given that they are available and cheap .. more

Watershed Cafe / Bar, Bristol | click here for more
02 March 2016

Childs+Sulzmann appointed for Bath University Innovation Centre development

Childs+Sulzmann Architects have been appointed by Bath University to create a new and exciting workspace within the University’s Carpenter House Innovation Centre in Bath .. more

Carpenter House Innovation Centre in Bath | click here for more
24 February 2016

New energy efficient kitchen doubles productivity and halves energy costs!

An energy audit of the Bristol’s Cultural cinema and digital creativity centre, the Watershed, produced some surprising results. The heaviest energy user in the centre, was not, as might be supposed, the heating and ventilating system, but the kitchen .. more

Bristol positioned for further growth | click here for the full story
12 February 2016

Bristol positioned
for further growth

Last month Bristol was named in a national report as one of the top ten towns and cities in the UK for productivity, growth, entrepreneurship, education, sustainability and rising affluence.

This is great recognition, and follows other accolades which have highlighted Bristol’s uniqueness as a centre for creativity and innovation .. more

Bristol positioned for further growth | click here for the full story
12 February 2016

Planning granted
for restoration of
Tewkesbury Park Hotel

Plans for a £6m restoration and reconfiguration scheme to provide new facilities at the Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club in Gloucestershire have been granted planning approval .. more

Childs+Sulzmann appointed for Thornbury Castle | click for more
13 January 2016

Childs+Sulzmann appointed for Thornbury Castle

Childs+Sulzmann architects have been appointed to design the next phase of investment in the luxurious Thornbury Castle Hotel.

Sometimes referred to as the last Tudor castle in England the castle, dating from 1512, once hosted Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn on their honeymoon .. more

Childs+Sulzmann appointed for Thornbury Castle | click for more
06 January 2016

Childs+Sulzmann bring a
touch of glass to Hyde Park apartments!

Childs+Sulzmann have been commissioned to refurbish and upgrade a building housing 13 apartments overlooking Hyde Park in London.

No 1 Hyde Park Street is a highly desirable address in a prime location owned by a group of wealthy clients who have recently bought the freehold of the building from the Church Commissioners.  They now wish to upgrade the building to be as glamorous as you would expect in this part of town .. more

Childs+Sulzmann bring a touch of glass to Hyde Park apartments!  | click for more
16 December 2015

Listed building planning approval a no go? Never say never say Childs+Sulzmann!

A Georgian country house wedding venue set in 80 acres of Devonshire countryside has won approval to build an orangery on the side of a Grade II listed building. For years Deer Park Country House Hotel in Honiton, Devon, used a temporary structure in its grounds as a venue to host weddings and other events .. more

Listed building planning approval a no go? Never say never say Childs+Sulzmann! | click for more
01 December 2015

Childs+Sulzmann celebrate 21st Anniversary

Over 150 guests gathered to mark the 21st Anniversary of Childs+Sulzmann’s architectural practice in the Watershed, Bristol, last night.

Nick Childs and Peter Sulzmann, the founding partners of the practice, welcomed clients, friends, and partners with whom they have worked over the last two decades, to celebrate the occasion .. more

Childs+Sulzmann celebrate 21st Anniversary | click for more
01 December 2015

English Heritage appoints Childs+Sulzmann to Dover Castle

Childs+Sulzmann have been appointed to a once in a lifetime project to develop part of Dover Castle, one of the oldest castles in England.

Constable’s Gate, built in the 13th century for the constable, the official in charge of the castle, is to be converted to a hospitality venue. .. more

English Heritage appoints Childs+Sulzmann to Dover Castle | click for more
01 December 2015

Turner prize nominee designs play space for Bristol primary school

London-based design collective, Assemble, who worked on the extension of Colston’s Primary School in Bristol, have been nominated for this year's Turner Prize .. more

Turner prize nominee designs play space for Bristol primary school
18 November 2015

Gloucestershire University appoints Childs+Sulzmann for next phase of Growth Hub

Childs+Sulzmann Architects have been appointed by the University of Gloucestershire to help them draw up a brief for the expansion of their business incubator space .. more

Gloucestershire University appoints Childs+Sulzmann for next phase of Growth Hub | click for more
18 November 2015

Childs+Sulzmann Appointed to Phase 2 of Bristol's ground-breaking incubator hub

Following the successful launch in December 2013 of Engine Shed, Bristol’s innovative incubator hub for hi-tech, creative and low-carbon businesses next to Temple Meads, Childs+Sulzmann architects have been appointed to develop the brief for the next phase, Engine Shed 2 .. more

Childs+Sulzmann Appointed to Phase 2 of Bristol's ground-breaking incubator hub | click for more
04 November 2015

The Country Life – The growth of the Country House Hotel Sector

The country house hotel sector was once a niche market. But this ever-growing sector is now hugely popular. Here Nick Childs, Hospitality Experts member and founding partner of Childs + Sulzmann Architects, gives his thoughts on what’s trending in the Country House Hotel Sector .. more

The Country Life – The growth of the Country House Hotel Sector | click for more
04 November 2015

How do you design a luxury hotel that can still accommodate young families?

This and other questions were answered by Nick Childs, founding partner of Childs+Sulzmann Architects in an interview at the recent Independent Hotel Owners Show in London. See the full interview here .. more

Nick Childs Video Interview | click for more
20 October 2015

Learning from Shoreditch?

It is easy to imagine that all current thinking about hi-tech start-ups and innovation stems from somewhere around the Old Street roundabout, Islington.  Not at all. 

It’s true that ‘Silicon Roundabout’, the technology cluster with its locus in Shoreditch, is the third-largest technology start-up cluster in the world after San Francisco and New York City, but the story does not end there by any means .. more

'Brand New Tech Start-Up Hub on the Quayside in Hull | click for more
07 October 2015

Refurbishment started on Iconic Bristol Office Tower

Architects Childs+Sulzmann, themselves one of the buildings 28 occupants, were appointed by London developers Resolution Property to transform the 1970s building, into a vibrant, dynamic, contemporary working environment with flexible working space to suit growing entrepreneurial businesses .. more

Colston Tower Refurbishment | click for more
24 September 2015

First offices craned in at Temple Meads ‘Boxworks’ for incubator businesses

The first of 20 containers which will form a temporary work space for developing young businesses in the heart of the Temple Meads area of Bristol have been craned into place
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Temple Meads Boxworks | click for more
24 September 2015

Colston Primary welcomes first pupils to new Early Years annexe

The new term at Colston Primary in Bristol has welcomed the first pupils to a brand new Early Years centre that will add much needed capacity to the school through the addition of 6 new classrooms, a new multi-purpose hall, a purpose built kitchen and a specially designed green play space .. more

Colston's Primary School | click for more
24 September 2015

How to plan a great plaza

There’s much debate about how to properly build a town square – from considering the buildings nearby to beautification and sometimes a bit of defensive architecture too. But it is important to take a step back and understand how powerful a square can be. Nick Childs, founding partner of Childs & Sulzmann, tells us how the design of the square evolved through the years .. more

The Urbanist | click for more
26 August 2015

Luxury family hotel
Fowey Hall recognised in Telegraph's Top Ten

Fowey Hall, one of the very first hotels in the country to be developed specifically as child friendly luxury accommodation a decade ago, has been listed in the Telegraph’s Top Ten Family-Friendly hotels in Cornwall .. more

Fowey Hall
07 August 2015

What makes a great place?

The way we live in cities is changing. The rise in the development of student accommodation, the change of use of commercial buildings to residential, changes in the economic climate, growth in start-up businesses and the modal shift from car to bicycle have all contributed to a change in our urban dynamic .. more

The Custard Factory, Birmingham, a 2015 Finalist
31 July 2015

Planning submitted for promised restoration of Tewkesbury Park

An application for a major re-configuration of the Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club, in Gloucestershire has been submitted following a public consultation, the culmination of 6 months preparation .. more

Tewkesbury Park Hotel, Golf and Country Club - 31 July 2015
24 July 2015

Nick Childs Recognised
as Hospitality Expert

In recognition of his depth of experience and knowledge of the commercial development of hospitality venues, Nick Childs has been invited to join leading lights from all areas of the hospitality industry to form a new advice and support business network, Hospitality Experts .. more

Nick Childs Hospitality Expert - 24 July 2015
20 July 2015

Scheme to transform leisure centre underway

A local authority swimming pool in the Stroud district of Gloucestershire will be transformed into a leisure centre comparable with the best facilities in the private sector under a new scheme due to start on site within the next few weeks .. more

Dursley Leisure Centre - 20 July 2015
18 July 2015

How to secure planning in the country house sector

If you are looking to develop a listed building for use as a hotel, or your existing hotel is a listed building and you want to make substantial improvements, planning permission can be one of the most serious obstacles in the process .. more

Hotel Owner - 18 July 2015
30 June 2015

Plans approved for landmark building that will 'lift Bristol centre'

Planning consent has been received for a scheme which will see the iconic Colston Tower building, an integral part of the Bristol centre skyline, re-styled and upgraded to make it stand again as a contemporary landmark for the city .. more

Colston Tower - 30 June 2015
15 June 2015

Temple Meads Container Office Space Scheme Wins Consent

An innovative scheme to create temporary work space for developing young businesses in the heart of the Temple Meads area of Bristol has been granted planning permission .. more

Temple Meads - June 2015
15 June 2015

Hospitality and heritage expertise sought for regal venue

Faced with the challenge of having to generate income from the historic assets for which it is responsible, Historic England consulted Childs+Sulzmann about how best to develop the historic Osborne House on the Isle of Wight to increase revenue .. more

Clevedon Hall - June 2015
15 January 2015

Clevedon Hall

Newly refurbished Clevedon Hall Hotel is rated 5* for customer experience by its first guests. We have successfully completed the conversion of this Grade II* listed building to accommodate 25 new luxury hotel suites .. more

Clevedon Hall - January 2015