TuffX: History in the Making

TuffX has supplied 60m2 of specialist toughened glass for a large property development project at an historic site in Bristol.

The Carriageworks, at the heart of Bristol’s vibrant Stokes Croft neighbourhood, has been converted into 145 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, with retail space below. Designed by award-winning architects Stride Treglown, it has been developed by the Bristol-based PG Group, whose ethos centres on developing excellent buildings which look and feel inspirational both inside and out.  

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The original Carriageworks factory began operations in 1804, but has sat empty since the early 80s. The Grade II listed building is a masterpiece of high Victorian commercial architecture, and the new development has been designed to reflect this historic setting, with materials for the build chosen specifically to complement the traditional styles while celebrating the industrial heritage of the site.

TuffX delivered to site 49 individual panels of 15mm toughened monolithic glass with polished edges and dubbed corners for the apartment balconies, which overlook a new public marketplace that has been designed as a central local hub for the community, enabling residents to enjoy their safe, secure private outdoor space without missing out on the action.

The glass balustrades also ensure that, inside, the open-plan apartments and penthouses remain light and airy. Altogether, the focus is on comfortable, top-spec city living which looks good inside and out and which will breathe new life into the historic hub.

“We’re delighted to be chosen for this ambitious project that brings an important historical site back to life in a modern way, enhancing both its indoor and outdoor spaces with the clever use of contemporary glass products,” said TuffX’s Commercial Director Paul Higgins.