The Bracknell Regeneration Partnership is a joint venture between Legal & General and Schroders UK working in partnership with Bracknell Forest Council which is undertaking the major regeneration of Bracknell Town Centre in order to fundamentally change the landscape of the town. The new scheme, branded ‘The Lexicon’ opened in September 2017.
The Bull is a Grade II Listed Public House and one of only three listed buildings in Bracknell Town Centre. It is located on a prime corner of the new Lexicon retail circuit and facing a public square. Allied to its significant social and architerctural history this made it an eagerly awaited part of the new Bracknell townscape.
The historic building comprises part of 14th century Hall House with 16th, 19th and 20th century additions. The proposals sought to repair and refurbish parts of the building, bringing it back into a useable condition from its previous dilapidated state. A single-storey extension was demolished to the rear of the property to allow for a bold contemporary curved extension to double the accommodation available for pub and restaurant use.
Intricate and pain-staking renovation work was undertaken on the existing timber frame structure and wattle and daub panels where Conservation officer approvals were required throughout the design and construction stages.
The new 21st century extension utilizes complimentary modern building techniques while maintaining a distinctive difference to the earlier construction. However references back to the curved and distorted nature of the existing warped timber structure to those of the new extensions timber frame and latticed curtain walling details allow the two elements to maintain a strong relationship to each other. The result is a rejuvenated listed building with a striking new extension to match the needs of a modern day tenant.
PWA liaised with specialist consultants, planning and conservation officers to achieve both detailed planning and Listed Building approvals for the scheme and oversaw construction works ahead of the Lexicon Centre opening in September 2017.