Bristol’s world class development facility expands. The company’s’ Product Innovation and Development (PID) facility, the nerve centre for all new product development, has expanded its team and moved into a new custom-designed studio.
Bristol’s specialist technical designers use the latest Computer Aided Design (CAD) software to create new state-of-the-art product ranges. They have recently welcomed a new designer to their team, and are enjoying a spacious new studio at the heart of Bristol’s factory in Staple Hill which dates back to 1899.
The re-furbished space has a contemporary feel whilst celebrating the history and style of the Victorian building. It boasts high vaulted ceilings, exposed original brickwork, and is flooded with natural light from large windows that span the length of the room.
This world-class facility, which has been designing PPE for the emergency services for the last 50 years, is where all of Bristol’s cutting-edge product ranges, such as XFlex and LayerFlex, are developed. Bristol’s highly-skilled technical designers carry out research into new materials and develop new prototype garments, which are assessed before being sent for external testing and certification. They are also trialled by fire-fighters in the field.
Once trialled, tested and accredited to the appropriate standards, new product ranges are introduced and can be tailored for individual fire and rescue services. Bristol has a growing range of products which means customers can choose from a wide range of styles and fabrics, depending on their requirements. There are infinite combinations available, all of which are compatibility tested to ensure the garments work effectively together and provide full body protection for the fire-fighter.
Roger Startin, Joint Managing Director of Bristol Uniforms said: “Our new PID facility reflects Bristol’s up-to-the-minute design and technology capabilities, whilst embracing our legacy and highlighting the distinctive features of this historical building. The interior design was very much a team effort, with our designers involved in every detail from the low energy lighting to the sliding doors to conceal storage space.
“We are very proud of the fact that all our design takes place in-house. Our expert technical team are able to listen to customers’ needs and provide innovative tailored PPE solutions. It also means that as a business we have full control of the design process which ensures reliability and continuity for the customer.”