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Temporary closure of footpath at Filton Abbey Wood Station

Posted on Saturday 6th May 2017 at 11:53 pm by SH (Editor)

Sign warning of footpath closure at Filton Abbey Wood Station.

Passengers at Filton Abbey Wood Station are being reminded that the footpath between the car park and the platforms is to close temporarily from Sunday 7th May.

The closure, which will run until autumn 2017, is to allow engineering works to be safely carried out.

Pedestrians will need to follow a signed diversion route from the car park in Emma Chris Way, along Nutfield Grove and through the grounds of Nutfield House to join the footbridge to the platforms.

Network Rail project management assistant Rebecca Tipper said:

“Passengers should allow around an extra ten minutes to ensure they safely catch their trains. We would like to thank them in advance for their patience while this work is carried out.”

The diversion only affects passengers arriving on the car park side of the station.

In addition, cabins will be placed in the station car park to accommodate the team carrying out the work. As a result, fewer spaces will be available and spaces reserved for drivers with disabilities will be relocated within the car park.

Due to planned work between Bristol Parkway and Bristol Temple Meads, a rail replacement service will operate from Filton Abbey Wood from:

  • 23:45 Saturday 6th May to 04:45 Monday 8th May
  • 23:45 Saturday 13th May to 04:45 Monday 15th May
  • 23:45 Saturday 20th May to 04:45 Monday 2nd2 May

The rail replacement point is at the main entrance of the station on Emma Chris Way.

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Works starts on new Airbus test centre in Filton

Posted on Friday 31st March 2017 at 8:54 pm by SH (Editor)

Ground-breaking ceremony for the new Airbus Wing Integration Centre in Filton.

Work has begun on a revolutionary wing testing centre on the Airbus site in Filton.

Around two hundred Airbus employees gathered at the site of their future test centre on 9th February to mark the start of construction.

The new £40 million facility will be an advanced testing centre for large structural components. It will enable Airbus and its partners to develop new and cutting edge ideas for wings of the future, helping underpin the UK as one of the world’s leading aerospace sectors.

Airbus UK HR Director and General Manager Mark Stewart said:

“Creating the wing of the future will be no easy task. The teams will explore the best materials, manufacturing and assembly techniques available, as well as new technologies in aerodynamics and wing architecture. The Airbus Wing Integration Centre (AWIC) will provide the team with the latest equipment to perform a range of diverse and extensive testing.”

Attendees at the ceremony included Galliford Try, the contractors for the construction of AWIC, the Aerospace Technology Institute and Innovate UK, part funders of the project.

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Bikes targeted in Filton shed burglaries

Posted on Tuesday 7th February 2017 at 10:02 am by SH (Editor)

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Police in Filton are urging local residents to review the security of outbuildings following a spate of shed break-ins.

Since the beginning of February, push bikes have been stolen from three sheds in Filton, with a further eight incidents in which sheds were entered but nothing stolen and another in which beer was taken.

Most of the incidents have happened in the area around the A4174 Station Road, in the evenings after 5pm or overnight. Locks were forced or windows smashed in order to get into the sheds.

Anyone with information which could help officers track down those responsible is asked to get in touch online or by calling 101, quoting reference 5217025338. Alternatively ring the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. They never ask your name or trace your call.

Neighbourhood PC Matt Griffin said:

“I’d ask people living in Filton to be aware of this issue and keep an eye out for anyone behaving suspiciously around sheds and garages. Call 999 immediately if you think someone is breaking in, or for any other suspicious activity ring us on 101 straight away.”

“Please review the security of your outbuildings. As most of these break-ins have happened during the hours of darkness, it’s worth installing motion-sensing security lights, but the most important thing is to make sure your shed is sturdy with a good quality lock.”

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Two key deals signed for East Works site

Posted on Sunday 5th February 2017 at 6:10 pm by SH (Editor)

Artist's impression of the proposed Selco trade centre on the Horizon 38 development in Filton, Bristol.

Joint venture partners and commercial property developers and investors, St Francis Group and iSec have announced the signing of two key deals with prospective tenants at Horizon 38, the new mixed used development that is starting to take shape on the former Rolls-Royce East Works site, south of Gipsy Patch Lane.

In the first deal, detailed planning consent has been granted by South Gloucestershire Council for the development of a new 35,000 sq ft trade centre for Selco, a chain of trade-only builders merchants. The deal will see Selco take a 15-year lease at an undisclosed rent. Building work is set to begin in March and be completed by October 2017.

Chris Cunliffe, CEO of Selco, commented:

“Selco are pleased to confirm our deal with St Francis Group and iSec which will us open our second branch in Bristol. This is a great opportunity for Selco as we continue our expansion in the UK and strengthen our position in the Bristol marketplace. This opportunity will see more than 50 jobs created to support the local community and will also offer genuine career opportunities.”

In the second deal, St Francis Group and iSec have confirmed a deal with Village Urban Resorts for the development of a new 153-bedroom hotel occupying the prominent plot on the corner of the A38 and Gipsy Patch Lane. Work on the hotel is due to commence in August 2017, following completion of the internal site infrastructure works and estate road construction. The hotel is expected to be open by summer 2018.

The new Village Hotel Club will deliver a business class hotel with a business and events HUB and a state-of-the-art health and fitness club including swimming pool, bar and restaurant. The new Village Hotel Club – which will create 100 new jobs – will act as a catalyst for the wider Horizon 38 scheme and represents an investment of £21m.

Iain Stackhouse, head of property at Village Hotel Club, said:

“We’re growing the Village Hotel Club network by investing into quality new locations and Horizon 38 will be our 30th site. With plans to double the size of our portfolio within the next 5 years, we’re targeting premier locations like this and building outstanding facilities with a premium business and leisure offer. Here we’ll be ideally placed to serve a significant and expanding catchment and play a key role in the successful build out of the Horizon 38 scheme.”

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