The striking red brick and stone building which originally housed the generator for Bristol’s tram system will be brought back to life as inspiring and unconventional office space for businesses.
Generator Building is the latest phase of office space at Finzels Reach, which is also home to Aurora, a major speculative scheme that completed in 2018, and Bridgewater House.
Designed to make the most of the views across the harbour, the space at The Generator Building will include 30,611 sq ft (2,844 m2) of offices over six floors, for up to 300 people.
Extensive renovations will be carried out to the Grade II listed building, with repairs to the limestone ashlar stonework and dramatic windows, to bring the exterior back to its former glory. Interior finishes, including exposed feature brickwork, will complement the fabric of the building.
The original 1890s arched front entrance on Counterslip with its grand Venetian window will be re-instated with new glass doors at street level. These will open into a triple-height foyer space beyond, allowing people to enjoy the original scale of the internal spaces for the first time in 30 years.
Shower facilities will be provided on each level, and secure cycle storage and lockers, as well as 10 basement car parking spaces will be created. The scheme, which is being developed by leading South West developer Cubex, is designed to meet an environmental rating of BREEAM Excellent.
Generator Building is ideally located less than a 10-minute walk from Temple Meads station, whilst Castle Bridge provides easy access to the popular shopping areas of Cabot Circus, Quakers Friars and St Nicholas Market. It is close to an array of bus routes and ferries can be boarded from nearby Castle Park.