Bristol City Council is inviting members of the public to explore City Hall and other buildings this weekend (11 September) as part of Bristol Doors Open Day.
Visitors will be invited to wander and investigate the variety of rooms, parlours and chambers that make up many of the Council’s buildings, including for the first time in two years, City Hall. There will be opportunities to take in the ornate Lord Mayor’s Parlour, visit the building’s mammoth Conference Hall and take a step into the Council Chamber, the centre of democracy in Bristol.
Brides and grooms to be will be able to roam around the spaces, planning their big day with the Council’s events staff and specialist caterers Parsnip Mash on hand to answer their questions.
For those with an eye for a mural there’s plenty to see with both ceilings of the Conference Hall and Council Chamber being adorned with paintings by world famous artists. The Hall ceiling was painted by Sir Walter Thomas Monnington and is themed on molecular and atomic fusion. The Chamber ceiling was designed and painted by John Armstrong and depicts the city’s maritime and industrial heritage.
Local catering company, Pegasus Catering, will have a healthy food café open outside the Council Chamber with a selection of snacks and drinks available.
Other Council managed buildings throwing their doors open to the public are:
• Filwood Green Business Park
• The Georgian House Museum
• Bristol Museum and Art Gallery
• The Edwardian Cloakroom
• St Nicholas Market
• Red Lodge Museum
• Bristol Record Office
• M Shed
• Kings Weston Roman Villa
• Blaise Castle House Museum Designed by renowned architect Vincent Harris OBE, building work began with the laying of the foundation stone in 1938. Following the outbreak of the Second World War construction was delayed until the economic climate had improved and was finally completed in 1953. The building was officially opened in 1956 by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh.
City Hall reopened in June 2016 following an 18 month refurbishment to significantly reduce its operation costs and increase office capacity. Working in partnership with Historic England, the Grade II* listed building’s office space was transformed, quadrupling the number of people who can work at City Hall, going from 500 to 2000 workers.
During these refurbishment works the development’s eco credentials and the building’s lasting energy efficiency were high on the priority list. Over 90% of the waste generated during the refurbishment was recycled or reused and the installation of energy efficient technology such as LED lighting reduced City Hall’s energy consumption by 80%, saving the equivalent of 450 tonnes of CO2 per year.
Bristol Doors Open Day will see over 80 venues across Bristol welcome in members of the public for the weekend to explore their buildings. The event, organised by the Architecture centre and supported by volunteers and sponsors, is part of the Heritage Open Days, a national celebration of history, architecture and culture. Visit www.bristoldoorsopenday.org.uk to find out which venues are taking part and how you can get involved.