20 September 2018
Hat trick of awards for stunning Print Hall development
Midas Construction is celebrating one of the most striking new additions to Bristol’s built environment – Print Hall – winning a third prestigious award for its design and construction.
Print Hall was one of only five Civic Awards made in Bristol this year and the only new building to be honoured with a Bristol Civic Society Award. It came after the project scooped the Preservation and Rejuvenation accolade at the South West Built Environment Awards as well as Regeneration Project of the Year at the RICS South West Awards 2018. The project is a finalist in both RICS and Constructing Excellence’s National Awards later this year.
It’s a splendid roll of honour for the project, designed by Russ Drage Architects, and built by Midas Construction, part of the Midas Group.
The 267-apartment Print Hall student accommodation was built on the site of the former Bristol Post newspaper print press building and is now a living and social hub for a new generation of learners.
Derek Quinn, Executive Director for Midas Construction, said: “We are incredibly proud of Print Hall and felt throughout the project that the history of the site, what we were looking to achieve there, and the finished product stood out as something special.
“It’s great when that view is shared by our peers in the industry and the Bristol Civic Society, and more than anything there is a huge satisfaction in seeing this formerly derelict site now a busy thriving environment for students in which to live, work and socialise.”
Print Hall, with its striking copper cladding and high-quality detailing, was built on behalf of client Harmsworth Pension Fund and completed in time for last year’s student intake.
At the heart of the project – which lies within Bristol’s Old Market Conservation Area – was sustainability and rejuvenation. Midas reused the foundations of the old Bristol Post building and brought activity back to the derelict site off Temple Way and Old Market Street.
As part of the scheme, Jacob Street, a former road that was lost when Bristol underwent major development works in the 1960s, was recreated by the construction team and is now part of the pedestrian landscaping around the building.
Midas recently started work nearby on the next major phase in the regeneration of the Conservation Area – the £24m Unity Street project which will bring new life to the area known as the Backlands, between Jacob Street and Unity Street.
The redevelopment will transform another derelict parcel of land into a mixture of much needed new homes and modern student accommodation, with two existing redbrick ‘buildings of merit’ on the Backlands site being retained and converted to retail, restaurant and office space.
Midas is one of the UK's largest independent construction and property services providers. The company’s strategy is to become the contractor of choice in the areas in which it operates, by developing long-term relationships through the delivery of its vision to be leaders in customer service and performance. It is a strategy which is already showing success with more than 75% of the Group’s projects being carried out on a repeat business basis.