Developer Cubex has started construction work on the next phase of its Finzels Reach development in Bristol city centre.
Vacant buildings on the harbourside site are being demolished after the firm secured planning permission from Bristol City Council for the next stage of the new neighbourhood.
Once completed, Finzels Reach will be home to thousands of people living, working and socialising locally, with major employers including Channel 4, Historic England, Simmons & Simmons, Barclays and Bafta-winning BDH already settled in the area.
Cubex has hired Bedminster-based family firm Wring Group to carefully carry out the demolition work, which includes ground pollution testing, bat surveys, the removal of any asbestos, as well as looking for possible unexploded World War Two bombs and archaeological remains.
Excavation work will start shortly to create the basement level for the Halo office building, to accommodate space for cycle and car parking, parcel deliveries, electric car and bike charge points, showers and changing rooms. Work on the superstructure will then follow, with construction work set to complete at the end of 2021.
The new Halo office building will have space for around 1,100 office workers, and is being designed with sustainability, wellbeing and digital connectivity in mind.
Gavin Bridge, executive director at Cubex, said: “We’ve been working closely with Bristol City Council over the past few weeks, since planning consent was granted, to tie up the last few details on the Section 106 agreement.
"As part of our agreement, we will be putting in new protected cycle lanes, planting trees, widening pavements, and installing a new zebra crossing on Counterslip near to St. Philips Bridge. We will also be contributing over £1m to fund further improvements in the local area and I hope much of this will be spent in Castle Park.
“We have a track record of getting on with development. I’m therefore very pleased that we’ve been able to get planning consent within 13 months of buying the site and are starting construction work just after this agreement has been signed, demonstrating our commitment to making regeneration happen in Bristol.”
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