New office development in Bristol


Building work has recently started on the next stage in redeveloping the old Courage brewery site that used to be famous in central Bristol.

Four enormous cranes were rolled into position to start construction of a new complex which has been called Finzels Reach - a 1 million sq ft building comprising of office space, several shops, apartments and a cafe.

The development – which is the largest such project in the South of the UK – shall provide Bristol office space for approximately 3,200 office workers and modern homes for almost 1,000 people.

The developers responsible for the project have said that they hope to complete the work by next year if everything goes smoothly. They also hope that the building will garner enough interest from people looking to move into serviced offices Bristol in the ever popular West Country.

The new building, named after a sugar importer that had a Victorian factory in the same location - incorporates a number of protected and listed buildings into its modern design.

A pedestrian bridge connecting the site with Castle Park over on the opposite bank of the Avon will also be introduced and there are plans for a landscaped walkway along the Avon riverside.

This kind of scheme is unusual not only for Bristol, but also for the UK as much of the office space is being constructed out of speculation and not for a designated client. The developers are confident that once the building starts to take shape they will have no challenge in filling the space at the prices that they deem appropriate. HDG Mansur are convinced that the recovering economy will mean they shall be able to fill out the approximately 100,000 sq ft space of Bridgewater House, the main centre focus of the development.

Chris Read, of property developer HDG Mansur, said: "The start of Bridgewater House sends the right message about Bristol's position as the economy moves forward."

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