Bristol and the South-West region has extremely strong innovation fundamentals. With established and leading innovation sectors such as Aerospace, Quantum, Deep Tech, Robotics and Cyber Security, it also has a rapidly growing Sciences environment. The diversity of innovation, strong academic anchors, and a thriving incubation ecosystem were key factors in our decision to deliver the largest commercial Science and Innovation scheme in the region.
The opportunity to acquire an industrial styled building, originally conceived as a multi-functional ‘factory’ located within a thriving city centre was highly attractive. The large floor plates, c. 4m floor-to-ceiling heights and structural integrity and resilience of the building ideally suit lab and innovation uses.
Working with AHMM Architects, the design concept was centred around sensitive restoration and celebration of the existing building (for which we are re-using 93% of the existing structure) with complimentary modern extensions.
The result is large lateral floor plates designed to accommodate wet labs, dry labs and offices centred around a new atrium. The scheme benefits from 6,668 sq ft of collaboration space at Ground floor, including a new auditorium, publicly accessible café and meeting rooms. The scheme also has 5 roof terraces and a 7th floor club house of 1,775 sq ft.