It’s back! Bigger and greener than ever before, Bristol Doors Open Day – the annual look behind the closed doors of the city’s best-loved and lesser known buildings – takes place on Saturday 12 September 2015, 10am – 4pm.
The event is part of the nationwide Heritage Open Days event, the UK’s biggest public participation event. 70 of the city’s venues are taking part in 2015, from old favourites such as Redcliffe Caves and Merchants' Hall to exciting new entries such as Triodos Bank and The Ken Stradling Collection.
Now in its 22nd year, Bristol Doors Open Day is being organised by the Architecture Centre – Bristol’s centre for design and the built environment – for the second year running. One of a handful of organisations to secure Bristol 2015 – European Green Capital funding for its core programme at the Architecture Centre, the team is well-placed to encourage more of the city’s venues to showcase their green credentials.
Bristol 2015 is the perfect year to highlight its greenest venues, such as the Triodos Renewables commercial wind farm, located on Wessex Water’s waste water treatment plant, Avonmouth. Visitors to the site can expect to get up close to the four wind turbines, built and operating since November 2013 and supplying enough clean, renewable energy into the local grid to meet the demand of 4600 UK homes. Triodos will also open the doors to their city centre headquarters. Other green venues include 117 Wilder Street, a mixed-use eco-friendly development in the heart of St Pauls; the fascinating at-Bristol science centre, which is giving behind the scenes tours; the UK’s greenest office building at Horizon House; and even a textile recycling plant.
Says Christine Davis, Centre Manager at the Architecture Centre:
‘Bristol Doors Open Day gives everyone the chance to experience architecture, culture and history first hand, and what better opportunity to focus on the sustainable city than Bristol 2015? At the Architecture Centre we are passionate about the importance of buildings and places in shaping our lives and defining our city, and are proud to continue organising Bristol Doors Open Day after our inaugural year in 2014. As well as offering special free access to 70 venues, we have lined up a great programme of tours and activities for all ages – so everyone can enjoy and learn about the buildings that make Bristol special.’
The full list of venues will be announced in mid-June. Advance booking is required for some tours and activities: see individual entries in the programme and on the website. Booking opens 1 July. Keen design detectives should sign up for email updates and keep checking bristoldoorsopenday.org.uk for the latest news on how to book.
Bristol Doors Open Day 2015 is supported by Bristol City Council, with additional support from Burges Salmon (event partners), and event sponsors: Society of Merchant Venturers, Triodos Bank, Alec French Architects, Rise Structures, Business West, and First West of England. Bristol Doors Open Day is organised by the Architecture Centre in partnership with Destination Bristol.