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Generator Building set to power new wave of media and tech businesses

The striking red brick and stone building which originally housed the generator for Bristol’s tram system is set to get a new lease of life as offices for tech, creative or media businesses. The instantly-recognisable building on Finzels Reach by Bristol’s floating harbour will be extensively renovated, with repairs to the limestone ashlar stonework and […] View Article

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Generator Building set to power new wave of media and tech businesses

The striking red brick and stone building which originally housed the generator for Bristol’s tram system is set to get a new lease of life as offices for tech, creative or media businesses.

The instantly-recognisable building on Finzels Reach by Bristol’s floating harbour will be extensively renovated, with repairs to the limestone ashlar stonework and dramatic windows, to bring the exterior back to its former glory.

The original 1890s arched front entrance on Counterslip with its grand Venetian window is currently sealed off and will be re-instated with new glass doors at street level. These will open into a double-height foyer space beyond, allowing people to enjoy the original scale of the internal spaces for the first time in 30 years.

The interior of the building will contain five storeys of high quality, Grade A office space, designed to make the most of the views across the harbour as well as meeting current British Council of Offices standards. Interior finishes, including exposed services, will complement the fabric of the building and appeal to businesses in the burgeoning tech, creative and media sectors.

The driving force behind Finzels Reach is local developer Cubex, together with its funding partner Palmer Capital. The £12M renovation and conversion of the Generator Building will create 28,300 sq ft of work space, for up to 300 people.

Bristol was the first city in Britain to build an electric tram service and the Generator Building was opened in 1899 to supply power to the massively expanding tramways network. The architect William Curtis Green later became better known for designing buildings such as Scotland Yard and the Dorchester Hotel in Park Lane. The Bristol power station contained four steam engines coupled to four generators and supplied power to the tramway system until 1941, when a bomb hit St Philips Bridge and cut the power cables.

Gavin Bridge, director of developers Cubex says: “We think this striking building is likely to attract companies from the creative, media or tech sectors who are looking for an inspirational environment in the heart of the city. This building has a fascinating history as the place that powered 20th century transport innovation, and it’s good to think it could become home to some of the companies at the forefront of today’s technology revolution.”

Bristol Civic Society has reviewed the current proposals and strongly supports the development, saying it will “make a major regeneration contribution” to the city.

Members of the public can see the proposals for the Generator Building and talk to the development and planning team at a public consultation event this Wednesday (29th November), from 2.30pm-7.30pm in the Project Office at Malt House, East Tucker Street, Finzels Reach, BS16BX.

Local architects the Bush Consultancy have designed the new office conversion of the Generator Building and have also been responsible for the new design of the apartments in Cask Store, Georges Wharf and Hawkins Lane as well as Castle Bridge at Finzels Reach.

Following a positive planning pre-application, the public consultation is the final step before submitting a full planning application to Bristol City Council in early December. Work could start on the building in summer 2018.

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Strong quarter for Bristol helps the UK break records

GVA’s latest Big Nine report analysing the office occupier markets of the nine key UK regional cities, reveals that the UK has achieved its highest quarterly take-up total on record, assisted by Bristol’s own strong activity. Professional and business services have dominated city centre activity in Bristol, which has seen the highest quarterly take-up for […] View Article

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Strong quarter for Bristol helps the UK break records

GVA’s latest Big Nine report analysing the office occupier markets of the nine key UK regional cities, reveals that the UK has achieved its highest quarterly take-up total on record, assisted by Bristol’s own strong activity.

Professional and business services have dominated city centre activity in Bristol, which has seen the highest quarterly take-up for 2017.  As a result, this has reduced both prime and secondary stock levels, aided by the lack of new build and large number of conversions to alternative use.

It is not surprising therefore that the city has witnessed the setting of a new headline rent at £30.50 with Mewburn Ellis’ 13,300 sq ft pre-let at Cubex and Palmer Capital’s Aurora building.

0310_Aurora_V17According to the Big Nine report, total take-up of offices in Bristol city centre in Q3 was 173,022 sq ft, compared to a five year quarterly average of 155, 080 sq ft. Out-of-town, Bristol has seen 134,456 sq ft of space taken-up, compared to a five year quarterly average of 75,143 sq ft.

GVA’s Richard Kidd says: “It has been a strong quarter of office take-up in both the city centre and out of town markets, not just in Bristol, but across the UK, showing the continued strength of demand. We have seen a long-anticipated increase in city centre headline rents in Bristol achieved at the Aurora building at Finzels Reach and believe that headline rents may well increase further in the coming months for both new build and refurbished space

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Castle Bridge photograph wins prestigious Bristol award

An evocative photograph depicting Castle Bridge, which links Finzels Reach to Castle Park, is one of this year’s 24 hours in Bristol  photography competition winners. The black and white image looking up at the new bridge as it winds over the water below a dramatic stormy sky was captured by Stuart Lees. The Finzels Reach category […] View Article

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Castle Bridge photograph wins prestigious Bristol award

An evocative photograph depicting Castle Bridge, which links Finzels Reach to Castle Park, is one of this year’s 24 hours in Bristol  photography competition winners.

The black and white image looking up at the new bridge as it winds over the water below a dramatic stormy sky was captured by Stuart Lees.

The Finzels Reach category was sponsored by Cubex, the developer behind Bristol’s newest harbourside community to celebrate the transformation of this historic quarter.

Gavin Bridge, director at Cubex said:

“We love this striking image of the new Castle Bridge at Finzels Reach against the backdrop of Bristol’s dramatic skies. This eye-catching depiction of the bridge snaking across the river below stood out and for this reason we selected it as the winner of the Finzels Reach category of the 24 hours in Bristol competition.”

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GAVIN BRIDGE NAMED PROPERTY PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

Gavin Bridge of Cubex has been crowned Property Personality of the Year at the South West Property Awards 2017. South West Business Insider editor David Clensy said “there are certainly still plenty of challenges out there for the property sector, but in the region as a whole we’ve seen plenty of activity on major office […] View Article

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GAVIN BRIDGE NAMED PROPERTY PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR

Gavin Bridge of Cubex has been crowned Property Personality of the Year at the South West Property Awards 2017. South West Business Insider editor David Clensy said “there are certainly still plenty of challenges out there for the property sector, but in the region as a whole we’ve seen plenty of activity on major office and industrial buildings, mixed use schemes, and impressive refurbishments.” The event was hosted at the Marriott Hotel in Bristol and compèred by journalist and presenter Chris Hollins.

Gavin_BridgeGavin was recognised for his work on the regeneration of Finzels Reach, a 4.7 acre site rich in history – once the heart of medieval Bristol and more recently the site of the Courage Brewery.
“He is clear in his vision of bringing this historic corner of the city back to life, creating a new community from the ground up and truly reinvigorating a huge swathe of Bristol,” said one judge.

 

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The new ‘One Smart Day in One Smart City’ smartphone competition

The popular ‘24 Hours in Bristol’ photo-marathon competition, which sees 10,000 photographs taken in a single day, is back next weekend with an exciting new format – all entries must be taken on smartphones or tablets only. The 2017 mobile phone photo competition will open up the event to people across the city without the need to own […] View Article

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The new ‘One Smart Day in One Smart City’ smartphone competition

The popular ‘24 Hours in Bristol’ photo-marathon competition, which sees 10,000 photographs taken in a single day, is back next weekend with an exciting new format – all entries must be taken on smartphones or tablets only.

The 2017 mobile phone photo competition will open up the event to people across the city without the need to own a traditional camera. Hundreds of budding snappers are expected to ‘get smart’ with their mobiles during the 24 hours from 1200 Saturday 30th September to 1200 Sunday 1st October 2017.

To celebrate the transformation of this historic city centre development, Cubex is sponsoring a new ‘Finzels Reach’ category. Cubex, the developer behind Finzels Reach, will be looking for photos that capture the spirit of this new community set among historic and listed buildings.

Gavin Bridge, director at Cubex, said: “This is a fantastic way to celebrate the transformation of Finzels Reach and showcase how this new quarter, right at the medieval heart of the city, is being brought back to life. We hope the striking new buildings, like Cask Store which intermingle with the historic features of the site will provide a perfect photographic backdrop. Bristol’s latest bridge, which connects Finzels Reach with Castle Park, is also sure to inspire.”

 

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Cubex seals first deal at Aurora

Cubex Land has sealed its first deal at Aurora, Bristol’s greenest office building, which is currently under construction at Finzels Reach. Intellectual property specialist Mewburn Ellis LLP has signed a deal for the first floor of the building, which is being developed speculatively and is set to be completed next summer. Mewburn Ellis has taken […] View Article

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Cubex seals first deal at Aurora

Cubex Land has sealed its first deal at Aurora, Bristol’s greenest office building, which is currently under construction at Finzels Reach.

Intellectual property specialist Mewburn Ellis LLP has signed a deal for the first floor of the building, which is being developed speculatively and is set to be completed next summer.

Mewburn Ellis has taken a 15-year lease on 13,326 sq ft and has decided on the move from its current base at Queen Square to enable its future expansion.

The firm, which is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year, is one of the largest IP firms in Europe, offering a full range of IP services covering patents, trade marks and designs.  It was attracted to Aurora because of the building’s prime location in the heart of the city, its outstanding sustainability credentials, high quality design focusing on staff well-being and low running costs.

Shaun Harvey, chief financial and operating officer at Mewburn Ellis, said: “We’re delighted to be moving to Aurora. 2017 has been another year of growth for Mewburn Ellis across the UK and Europe and our work in Bristol is a hugely important part of that. We have ambitious plans and this superb new office will be the ideal platform for future growth.”

Aurora scooped a rare BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ accreditation earlier this year – a nationally-recognised sustainability benchmark – the only building outside London and one of only six in the UK to achieve the award under the new, toughest rating scheme.

The 95,000 sq ft building is part of Finzels Reach, the new quarter being created in the heart of Bristol by local developer Cubex and funded by Palmer Capital. Work is moving apace at Aurora, with construction on the concrete frame now reaching the fourth floor and the central atrium beginning to take shape.

Sustainability has played a key role in the design of Aurora from the outset, with running costs typically less than half of those needed for other Grade A office space.

Peter Walford, director at Cubex, said: “It is fantastic news that Mewburn Ellis has decided to move to Aurora. This deal confirms our belief that there is demand in Bristol for a building of this quality and with the highest sustainability credentials that combine to produce an outstanding place to work, with substantially lower running costs.

“We are proud that Aurora is setting a new benchmark for sustainable office development in the city and we are in detailed discussions with other potential occupiers for other floors of the building and anticipate making more announcements soon.”

Aurora will consist of six storeys, with a typical floorplate measuring 15,500 sq ft. Its striking façade and double height reception area will lead through to a central glass atrium which will extend to the full height of the building.

Key ‘green’ features including rooftop mounted solar panels, intelligent LED lighting, water saving technology and an emphasis on creating a healthy working environment, with fresh air and plenty of natural light from the floor to ceiling glazing. There will be bicycle storage facilities, lockers and showers on site, whilst occupiers on the sixth floor will benefit from a roof terrace garden with views across the city.

Knight Frank and Savills acted for Cubex Land and Alder King acted for Mewburn Ellis.

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Last two apartments for sale at Cask Store

There are just two apartments left for sale at Cask Store, part of Finzels Reach, a new quarter being created in the heart of Bristol. They have both been fitted out as show homes to enable people to get a feel for what life at Cask Store could be like. Both the apartments look over […] View Article

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Last two apartments for sale at Cask Store

There are just two apartments left for sale at Cask Store, part of Finzels Reach, a new quarter being created in the heart of Bristol.

They have both been fitted out as show homes to enable people to get a feel for what life at Cask Store could be like.

Both the apartments look over the river and one is dual aspect, looking out on to the courtyard, and both–come with the benefit of allocated parking.

The historic brewery buildings at Finzels Reach provide a unique, characterful setting for Cask Store, a collection of individually-designed apartments situated on Bristol’s Floating Harbour.

Gavin Bridge, director of Cubex, the developer behind Finzels Reach, said: “Cask Store is in a fantastic location on the city’s glistening waterside, with views of Castle Park on one side and a beautifully landscaped courtyard on the other.

“People who live at Finzels Reach also really appreciate the concierge-type service the on-site estate management team can provide, which few other developments offer, which really helps them feel they belong.”

Vicky Dudbridge, associate director at Savills, which is marketing Cask Store, said: “We are expecting interest from downsizers, second home owners or perhaps professional couples looking for a spacious, high quality apartment with a view and easy access to Bristol’s buzzing city centre. The rest of the apartments at Cask Store have already been bought, with the interest having come from people of all ages, from their 20s to their 80s, paving the way for the creation of a real community feel.”

Castle Bridge, which opening this year, will provide direct access to Bristol Shopping Quarter and Cabot Circus shopping centre, as well as an array of city centre attractions, bars and restaurants. A popular weekly street food market takes place Finzels Reach each Friday lunchtime and St Nicholas Market with its vibrant and varied food and market stalls just a few minutes’ walk away. Bristol Temple Meads railway station is only 10 minutes’ walk from Cask Store.

With an emphasis on superb craftsmanship, meticulous attention to detail and a high quality of finish, the Cask Store apartments include generous living areas and all the modern touches including underfloor heating and walk-in wardrobes. All the homes are unique in their layout with a character and charm about them that new residents could make their own.

The two remaining apartments are for sale at an asking price of £595,000.

Visits to the show home should be arranged by appointment only. Please contact Layla Stubbs at Savills on 0117 910 2351 to book your appointment.

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Aurora: Better for the environment, your pocket and your well-being!

There are few office buildings in the country that have secured the rare sustainability accreditation awarded to Aurora, Bristol’s only speculative new build office development – and there’s a good reason. In every area, Aurora beats its targets for energy efficiency, making it a truly low impact building. The 95,000 sq ft building, which is […] View Article

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Aurora: Better for the environment, your pocket and your well-being!

There are few office buildings in the country that have secured the rare sustainability accreditation awarded to Aurora, Bristol’s only speculative new build office development – and there’s a good reason.

In every area, Aurora beats its targets for energy efficiency, making it a truly low impact building. The 95,000 sq ft building, which is being delivered by developer Cubex as part of Bristol’s new waterside quarter, Finzels Reach, also offers the knock-on advantage of being exceptionally cost-effective to run and an excellent environment within which to work.

There are energy efficiency measures implemented throughout the building, with Aurora set to consume 55% less carbon and have 51% better energy consumption than current Building Regulations stipulate, benefiting from gas boilers than are 12% more efficient and air chillers that are 55% more efficient than required.

Water consumption will be 51% less and operational costs will be 53% less than demanded by the latest regulations.

Other green features include: rooftop mounted solar panels, which will generate 29,800 kWh per year of renewable energy; intelligent LED lighting, which will respond to daylight and the movement of people within the building automatically; a heat recovery system, which will reuse waste heat; and energy regeneration technology so lifts benefit from reused energy on the downward journey.

There’s no doubt that implementing measures like this is good news for the environment and occupiers’ pockets. But we’ve also placed important emphasis on creating an environment which is inviting and comfortable for staff.

Fed up waiting for the lift? Our sophisticated lift controls reduce waiting time. Wish you had more access to natural daylight? Our floor to ceiling glazing lets in plenty of natural daylight, whilst reducing the use of energy for lighting. In need of freshening up after cycling to work? There will be lockers and showers on site.

Or maybe you fancy some fresh air? Our ventilation systems supply 17% more fresh air to occupants than required by Building Regulations, yet still delivering a 39% energy saving compared to requirements. Of course, there’s also the option of stepping out on to a roof terrace garden with views across the city!

Aurora will be a landmark headquarters building in Bristol’s central business district of Grade A quality, a term used to describe brand new premier office space. It will consist of six storeys, with each floor measuring 15,500 sq ft. A striking façade and double height reception area will lead through to a central glass atrium which will extend to the full height of the building.

As well as having 51 secure car parking spaces on site, Aurora benefits from electric car charging points and secure bicycle and motorcycle storage.

The scheme achieved a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ design stage certificate under the BREEAM New Construction 2014 for Offices assessment category. It is the only office building outside of London and one of only six in the UK to have achieved this accreditation – a rare achievement of which we are immensely proud.

Cubex expects the building to be ready for fit out in the first quarter of 2018. Enquiries can be made to Martin Booth of Knight Frank on 0117 917 4990 or Chris Meredith of Savills on 0117 910 2216.

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Premier Inn being put to bed

The 168 bedroom hotel at Finzels Reach is in the final stages of construction. By the Autumn it will be open for guests bringing great opportunities for local businesses. Completion of the Premier Inn is due in July, with plans for it to be welcoming its first customers some time in September. The scaffolding is […] View Article

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Premier Inn being put to bed

w640_499943_piThe 168 bedroom hotel at Finzels Reach is in the final stages of construction. By the Autumn it will be open for guests bringing great opportunities for local businesses.

Completion of the Premier Inn is due in July, with plans for it to be welcoming its first customers some time in September. The scaffolding is now coming down to reveal the finished elevations, while workers inside are putting the final touches to the internal services. It will soon be handed over to Whitbread for them to carry out operational checks.

Shane Pomery from Dickson Powell told us: “The method of construction is particularly efficient, for example bringing in completed pods for the bathrooms. These are simply lifted into place and connected up. If you thought the final stage of the build has passed by in double quick time, that’s the reason why.”

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The six exciting projects building Bristol’s future city centre skyline

The Evening Post look  ahead at the six biggest projects that will change the landscape of the city in the next few years, all within a few minutes walk of Bristol Temple Meads. The impressive Aurora building being built on the front of Finzel’s Reach, the Premier Inn and Generator Building being prepared for regeneration. […] View Article

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The six exciting projects building Bristol’s future city centre skyline

0310_Aurora_V17The Evening Post look  ahead at the six biggest projects that will change the landscape of the city in the next few years, all within a few minutes walk of Bristol Temple Meads. The impressive Aurora building being built on the front of Finzel’s Reach, the Premier Inn and Generator Building being prepared for regeneration. all feature.

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