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B Bond Tobacco Warehouse

A Grade II Listed Building in Bristol, City of Bristol

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Latitude: 51.4471 / 51°26'49"N

Longitude: -2.6222 / 2°37'20"W

OS Eastings: 356853

OS Northings: 172192

OS Grid: ST568721

Mapcode National: GBR C1N.Z3

Mapcode Global: VH88M.HWLK

Plus Code: 9C3VC9WH+R4

Entry Name: B Bond Tobacco Warehouse

Listing Date: 3 May 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1208330

English Heritage Legacy ID: 380560

Also known as: B Bond Warehouse

ID on this website: 101208330

Location: Hotwells, Bristol, BS1

County: City of Bristol

Electoral Ward/Division: Hotwells and Harbourside

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Bristol

Traditional County: Gloucestershire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Bristol

Church of England Parish: Clifton Holy Trinity with St Andrew the Less and St Peter

Church of England Diocese: Bristol

Tagged with: Former warehouse Bonded warehouse Brick building

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ST5672 SMEATON ROAD, Floating Harbour
901-1/41/1307 (South side)
03/05/88 B Bond Tobacco Warehouse


Bonded tobacco warehouse. 1908. Designed by the Docks
Committee engineer. Built by William Cowlin and Sons. Coignet
system reinforced concrete, patent red bricks, blue
engineering bricks, Pennant stone steps, terracotta details
and Welsh slate roof.
Open plan, in 2 equal parts separated by central spine wall. 9
storeys; 18-window range. Ground floor in black brick with a
low plinth, the remainder in red, with strings at 3, 5, 7 & 9
storeys, cornice, of black moulded brick, and stone parapet.
Wide clasping pilasters to corners, and to sides of projecting
central 4-window bay, raised above parapet with sunken panels;
rear elevation has central bay flat between the pilasters.
Ground-floor front has round-arched doorways and windows: from
the outside, one door, 2 windows and 2 doors either side of a
central door and flanking windows in the projecting block,
with Pennant stone steps up; the paired flanking doorways are
shaded by a cantilevered steel canopy and have sliding steel
Upper-floor windows are almost square with terracotta cills
and pronounced, chamfered keys and chamfered, stopped jambs,
1:2:1 in central bay and equally spaced either side between
the unpierced pilasters. Top floor is roof-lit only.
INTERIOR: entirely reinforced concrete. Central entrance lobby
to lateral staircase, giving each side on to 10x8-bay floor
with central lift shaft. Columns decrease in size to upper
floors, carrying deep primary and secondary beams, with
haunched connections; some levels with wood block flooring.
Steel truss north light roofs.
HISTORICAL NOTE: 'B' bond was the first important structure in
England to use Edmond Coignet's reinforced concrete system.
(Gomme A, Jenner M and Little B: Bristol, An Architectural
History: Bristol: 1979-: 341; Lord J and Southam J: The
Floating Harbour: Bristol: 1983-: 94).

Listing NGR: ST5685372192

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