There’s plenty to look forward to at Finzels Reach in 2019

Posted on March 6, 2019

With Finzels Reach fast becoming known as one of Bristol’s most exciting new quarters, The Bristol Magazine featured this excellent round-up of the latest news from the neighbourhood – and the things to look forward to this year!

Left-handed Giant opens its brewery and brew-pub in June. The ground floor of the historic Compressor Building will be returned to its former use as a fully operational and cutting-edge brewery, where Left Handed Giant will ferment its selection of modern, progressive beers on site. Alongside there will be a brewpub, where visitors can relax and enjoy the freshly brewed beers in a modern, urban-style bar. Built as mezzanine levels, the first and second floors of Compressor Building will feel connected to the rest of the space with open views from each floor to the brewery and brewpub below.

Spicer & Cole is now open on the ground floor corner of the Premier Inn and Counterslip. Like their other cafes, Spicer & Cole at Finzels Reach will be open seven days a week, with Carla and Chris hoping that it will appeal to both office workers and local residents, and the cafe retaining the brand’s emphasis on good, healthy food and coffee including regularly changing guest beans.

Food market expands – the weekly Finzels Reach Market, which features mouth-watering food from some of Bristol’s best independent caterers, has become a firm Friday favourite for many office workers and people living in the area. It’s set to build on this success this year with plans to grow the regular market, plus some special surprise pop up events are being curated by market director Sophie Bowden.

The first residents move into rented apartments in the city’s first major ‘build-to-rent’ scheme. As work nears completion on the 194 specially-designed apartments, owners and managers Grainger, the UK’s largest listed residential landlord, is set to take over the Hawkins and George apartment buildings and welcome their first residents. They will be joining the thriving community already living and working at Finzels, where, by the end of this year, there will be around 2,500 people in a new quarter of the city, on a site that had just a handful of workers when the Courage Brewery closed in the 1990s.

Work is set to complete on creating exciting new leisure spaces on the ground floor of the historic Fermentation Buildings and along the medieval Hawkins Lane which runs right through the heart of Finzels Reach. This year, more retailers are expected to be announced in what is set to become a new social hotspot in the heart of Bristol, home to an eclectic mix of independent businesses, which could range from a florist to a clothing brand, a restaurant to a gym, and a hairdresser’s to a café. Watch this space!

The first creative and media businesses are set to move into Finzels Reach, when they move into the first and second floors of the Fermentation Buildings. The unique new office space, which encompasses 15,000 sq ft will overlook Bristol’s famous Floating Harbour to the north and Temple Cross in the centre of Finzels Reach to the south. Designed to make the most of the high glass atrium style roof and loft-like space, a range of flexible 2,500 – 6,000 sq ft office units are being created within this attractive industrial setting and some exciting names are being lined up to join the thriving business community at Finzels Reach. They will join Bafta award winning BDH who make broadcast content digital immersive experiences and design and direction for films who moved into The Malt House at the end of 2018.

Plans push ahead for the second phase of Finzels Reach on former Avon Fire and Rescue headquarters site opposite, with new workspaces and homes planned for this exciting emerging quarter of the city. The £140 million mixed-use scheme includes a 116,00 sq ft contemporary office building named Halo, featuring a unique corkscrew styled staircase rising up through a glass atrium to a rooftop terrace.