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Former East Works site is a hive of activity

Posted on Thursday 1st March 2018 at 12:38 pm by SH (Editor)

Artist’s impression of the trade counter terrace (building F1) at Horizon 38.

Phase two of north Bristol’s Horizon 38 scheme, one of the biggest mixed-use redevelopment projects in the country, is nearing completion.

Situated on the former East Works site, south of Gipsy Patch Lane, the area has been a hive of activity since construction began in earnest in late 2016.

Access to the site is via two new roads off Gipsy Patch Lane, now named Titan Way (closest to the railway bridge) and Taurus Road, both after historic engines produced by the Bristol Aeroplane Company.

Notable buildings currently nearing completion include a giant 115,500 sq ft warehouse (equivalent to the size of two football pitches) built on a speculative basis (i.e. without an agreed tenant), and accessed from Titan Way.

Paul Hobbs of joint letting agents GVA comments, “Unit G2 at Horizon 38 is a positive reaction by the developer to a real lack of any quality big shed supply in the Bristol and regional property market. The building is particularly targeted at ‘last mile’ supply chain companies such as Amazon who need to be very close to the customer – an expanding new market known as urban logistics.”

Adjacent to unit G2, and also fronting Gipsy Patch Lane, is a 35,000 sq ft trade centre for Selco, a national chain of trade-only builders’ merchants. This significant anchor occupier is currently advertising for staff and is expected to open in May.

Behind Selco, and accessed from Taurus Road is unit F1, a terrace of seven trade showrooms. The new high specification units, with allocated customer parking, provide businesses with a prominent frontage to promote their trade counters and showrooms.

Elsewhere on the site, Willmott Dixon has begun construction of a new 153-bedroom hotel for Village Urban Resorts. Occupying the prominent plot on the corner of the A38 and Gipsy Patch Lane, opposite Drive Vauxhall, 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.

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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.

This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 3). The magazine is 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.

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.”

More: Artist’s impression of proposed Village Hotel Club »

Airbus celebrates technical and commercial successes

Posted on Monday 24th June 2013 at 3:06 pm by SH (Editor)

First flight of the Airbus A350 XWB from Toulouse on 14th June 2013.

Airbus, which employs 4,000 people at its site in Filton, is celebrating some notable technical and commercial successes achieved over the past fortnight.

The purple patch began on 14th June when workers witnessed the successful first flight of the company’s A350 XWB aircraft, shown live from Toulouse on screens at the Filton factory.

The A350 XWB is a mid-size long range product line comprising three versions and seating between 270 and 350 passengers in spacious three-class layouts. Airbus claims that the new family will bring a step change in efficiency compared with existing aircraft in this size category, using 25% less fuel and providing an equivalent reduction in CO2 emissions.

In addition to its own direct operations at Filton, Airbus’s activities help support thousands more jobs across Bristol and the wider area. Around 900 people have worked on the A350, which will be one of the first planes to be made almost entirely from carbon composite materials.

The good news continued on the first day of last week’s Paris Airshow, when Airbus finished the day with firm orders of £11.6 billion, compared with rival Boeing’s £3.87 billion. The first big announcement was for an order of 20 A380 superjumbos from leasing company Doric, worth an estimated £5 billion, followed by an order for 100 medium-range Airbus A320 aircraft from Lufthansa.

Airbus finished the show having won £44.7 billion worth of business for a total of 466 aircraft, comprising firm purchase orders for 241 aircraft and Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) for the remainder.


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