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Building under way at former East Works site

Posted on Saturday 3rd December 2016 at 8:57 pm by SH (Editor)

Aerial view of the proposed Horizon38 industrial/distribution and commercial development on the former Rolls-Royce East Works site in north Bristol.

Joint venture partners and commercial property developers and investors, St Francis Group and iSec have confirmed the completion of ground works and the formal start of unit construction at Horizon 38, a major new mixed use development on the former Rolls-Royce East Works site, south of Gipsy Patch Lane.

Buckingham Group have been appointed contractors on the development and moved onto site to begin work on the first phase of building works. It is expected that in this first phase of development a range of new industrial and distribution units will be ready and available for occupation by as early as July next year. They form part of a new 1 million sq ft mixed use development offering opportunities for industrial, warehousing, trade, office, hotel and car showroom development.

Speaking about the announcement, Gareth Williams, Development Director at St Francis Group, said:

“This is an exciting phase of development. With the entire site now cleared and levelled you can clearly see the scale of development proposed at Horizon 38. It is the first major employment scheme to come out of the ground in north Bristol for 20 years.”

“We’ve engaged with the local business community and look forward to working with them to satisfy their requirements for high quality new industrial and distribution accommodation and to welcoming new businesses into the area. For a long time, local occupiers have struggled with little or no available stock. That’s all about to change now with the development at Horizon 38”.

The development of 580,000 sq ft of industrial employment space is being built in four phases and funded by the BP Pension Fund. Horizon 38 will consist of 27 units, with the first delivery of completed logistics and manufacturing space coming on stream in the summer of 2017 with later phases completed in 2018.

In addition to the industrial and distribution opportunities available, a 25-acre commercial park is being developed fronting onto the A38 anchored by a Village Urban Resorts hotel together with a range of car showrooms, self-storage and other trade counter users.

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Knightstone celebrates the opening of 22 new homes at Rectory Lane

Posted on Thursday 20th October 2016 at 9:01 pm by SH (Editor)

Official opening of Knightstone Housing Association's new homes at Rectory Lane, Filton. L-r: Cllr Ben Stokes (South Gloucestershire Council), Jack Lopresti (MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke), Nick Medhurst (chair of the board at Knightstone) and Steve Roberts (contracts manager at Speller Metcalfe).

Knightstone Housing and South Gloucestershire Council have celebrated the opening of 22 new homes at Rectory Lane, Filton.

Developed in partnership with the council, and with contractors Speller Metcalfe, the scheme provides 13 new homes for affordable rent, as well as nine homes for shared ownership.

Knightstone own 1,381 properties within South Gloucestershire (as at August 2016) and has invested over £21 million in the local authority area over the past four years developing new affordable homes.

The official opening was conducted by Nick Medhurst, chair of the board at Knightstone, Cllr Ben Stokes of South Gloucestershire Council and local MP Jack Lopresti.

Representatives from Speller Metcalfe, Noma Architects and Randall Simmonds were amongst the guests celebrating the opening.

Nick Medhurst, chair of the board at Knightstone, said:

“At Knightstone we’re committed to building much needed affordable homes and investing in communities. Working in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council, we’ve jointly been able to deliver this outstanding development offering a mix of affordable rented accommodation and shared ownership homes.”

“We look forward to continuing our work with the council to provide many more new homes in South Gloucestershire.”

More: Knightstone also building nine new supported homes in Filton »

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Residents invited to Filton drop-in event as railway upgrade work approaches

Posted on Tuesday 13th September 2016 at 9:28 pm by SH (Editor)

Network Rail workers in action on a station platform.

Filton residents are invited to attend a drop-in event to find out more about the next steps in Network Rail’s plan to upgrade the railway in the Bristol area, including the construction of a fourth platform at Filton Abbey Wood Station.

The event will take place at Filton Community Centre, Elm Park  (BS34 7PS) on Thursday 15th September, between 5pm and 8pm. Members of the Network Rail project team will be on hand throughout to explain the plans and to answer any questions.

Poster advertising a drop-in session for railway upgrade work in Filton and Horfield.

Work is due start next month at Filton Abbey Wood Station and in the neighbouring Horfield Cutting as part of the project to double the number of tracks between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway from two to four.

The scheme will allow more trains to operate, reduce journey times and allow for trackside maintenance work to be undertaken without disrupting services, as well as allowing more freight services to operate. It also allows for electrification of the line, which will enable the introduction of a fleet of quieter, greener, faster electric trains.

To accommodate the new trains, a fourth platform will be built at Filton Abbey Wood Station with ramped access to the existing footbridge. To support the embankment, a retaining wall will be built between the new platform and the residential area that backs onto the railway. This phase of the work is due to take a year before Network Rail’s ‘orange army’ will return to extend the three existing platforms and lay the new track.

More: Approved plans available on South Glos Council website »

Filton Airfield site to act as base for railway electrification project

Posted on Friday 8th July 2016 at 9:57 am by SH (Editor)

Severn Tunnel electrification drilling work.

Network Rail has announced that it is to set up a temporary compound on the Filton Airfield site, in support of its project to prepare the 130-year-old Patchway and Severn tunnels for the arrival of a new fleet of longer, faster, quieter and greener electric trains.

The compound, adjacent to the A38 Gloucester Road, will provide a parking area for the approximately 500 workers assigned to the project, who will work in shifts and travel by minibus to access the track at Patchway and Pilning stations. It will also provide a base for working on sections of new track before they are transported to the tunnels.

Around 30 management staff will be based at the compound and up to 200 workers will arrive and leave per shift (6am, 2pm and midnight).

Work on setting up the compound at Filton Airfield was expected to get under way as we went to press (late June), with the delivery of sleepers and rails commencing shortly after.

Workers and delivery lorries will access the site via the airfield main access gate, off the A38. Wherever possible, deliveries will be planned to avoid the start and end times of shifts at the nearby Rolls-Royce and Airbus sites.

Pre-assembled track panels will be transported from Filton Airfield to the railway access points in the evenings, after 8pm. Local residents are advised that temporary congestion may occur on Station Road in Little Stoke as HGVs travel to and from the Network Rail compound at Patchway Station.

The upgrades required to prepare both tunnels for electrification are extensive and will involve installing conductor beams to power the new fleet of electric trains to run underneath. To install this beam in the Severn tunnel, four tonnes of soot needs to be removed and extensive improvements made to the brick work.

In addition, to accommodate the electrification equipment, the track will be lowered in one of the Patchway tunnels and underneath the nearby Little Stoke Farm bridge (on Station Road, near the Sort It centre), to preserve its historical architecture.

The scale of this engineering challenge together with the type of machinery required to carry out the work means that a temporary closure of both tunnels is unavoidable. This temporary closure will take place over six weeks, from 12th September to 21st October 2016.

Throughout the work, train services to and from South Wales will still be running, but some journeys will take longer and on some routes replacement bus services will be in operation.

Ahead of the closure, passengers are advised to check before they travel through Great Western Railway or National Rail Enquiries.

For more information on railway closures, visit GWR.com/SevernTunnel2016

Photo: Severn Tunnel electrification drilling work.

This article originally appeared in the July 2016 edition of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine, delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,500 homes in Bradley Stoke, Little Stoke and Stoke Lodge. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.


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