Blackrock Quarry Training Centre

  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy
  • © Simon Kennedy

Application Type

Civic Trust Awards

Level of Award

Award

Region

South West

Local Authority Area

North Somerset

Information about this scheme

This fire arms training centre in a disused quarry near Bristol, contains highly specialist spaces, such as self-contained and enclosed firing ranges, tactical training facilities, together with staff offices, classrooms and other related services. The new centre supports over 300 firearms officers from Avon and Somerset, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire Police Forces each year. The building emerges as an irregular form echoing the geometry of the quarry workings. To blend with the quarry walls, exposed elevations of the building are faced in hand-filled angled stone gabions. The building is covered with a bio-diverse roof that over time will let the building merge further with the adjacent rugged landscape. Underneath, a structural solution provides the necessary ballistic protection as well as acoustic insulation to protect the local wildlife. The training facilities are designed to be simple, practical, safe, secure and robust whilst the front of house and administration spaces have a richer palette of materials and a more refined aesthetic. The result of working closely together with the Avon & Somerset Police force and the unusual design approach is a simple and elegant building that complements the natural beauty of the quarry whilst providing the highly specialist facilities that the Avon & Somerset Police force require.

Credits

Client

Galliford Try

Main Contractor

Galliford Try

Structural Engineer

URS Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited (now AECOM)

Services Engineer

URS Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited (now AECOM)

Quantity Surveyor

Galliford Try

Landscape Architect

Illman Young Landscape Design

Access Consultant

Quadrant Security Group

Specialist Sub-Contractor

Cubic Range Design Solutions (Specialist firing range design consultant)

Planning Consultant

CSJ Planning Consultants Ltd

Architect

Haverstock

Primary Use Class

Class D1c - Education