Employment Exchange (Former), Bristol, UK


Date Built
All Saints Street
This former Labour Exchange in Bristol city centre is a Grade II Listed building.  It is described in the listing comments as, "Brick with Portland dressings, tiled hipped roof. Wedge-shaped single-depth plan. Neo-Georgian style. ... The entrance (seen in the image above) in the short corner elevation is set back within a tall semicircular-arched bay, the doorway has a moulded architrave with 5 large,  stepped, nodding voussoirs to an 8-panel 2-leaf door; above  the sill band is a lunette with glazing bars. 2 curved Pennant steps up to the front of the archway, with small windows  either side above large stone plinths with cyma moulded tops."

"The main Nelson Street elevation ... (above and below) has 12 semicircular-arched openings with rusticated voussoirs and  keys up to the band; 4 doorways, separated by pairs of windows, have moulded stone entablatures, pilaster jambs and  semicircular overlight, 2-leaf doors with moulded panels."

Below you can see, "Flat-arched first-floor windows and small attic windows (reglazed 1992), separated by 2-storey semicircular-arched recesses over the doorways with volute keys, first-floor balconies and matching windows with pilaster jambs, fluted entablatures with paterae and ashlar batswing fans above."

Today the building is occupied by an entertainment centre called The Lanes.  It claims that it, "combines the fun of bowling in a great venue, complete with pizzeria, laneside bar serving craft beers and hard shakes plus we host a range of fun club and band nights."

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