A solar-powered bike hire dock is being installed this week at the Assembly Bristol waterfront development to help construction workers with their daily commute.
The Brompton Bike Hire dock will offer access to eight of the iconic folding bikes, and is the first of its kind in the country at an operational construction site.
Assembly Bristol, located next to Temple Way, is being developed by Bell Hammer in partnership with AXA IM-Real Assets and will create up to 27,871 sq m of flexible office and retail space.
Julian Scriven, managing director at Brompton Bike Hire, said: “On-site parking can be really problematic for people working on projects like the Assembly Bristol due to the fact that town and city centres are notoriously short on parking places.
“We know that embedding cycling as part of the normal daily commute not only brings great health benefits, but is vital in helping to reduce congestion and CO2 emissions in our towns and cities.”
Bell Hammer’s development manager, Patrick Davis, said: “We have worked with Brompton Bike Hire on a couple of previous projects, including Assembly London, so we know the cycling facilities it provides are first-rate.
“When we started discussing the concept of getting the dock into place at the start of the build, it just made so much more sense. It’s exciting to see the project coming to fruition.”
Construction firm Galliford Try started work on the development’s Building A in February this year, which will provide 18,580 sq m of space.
Mark Wusthoff, area director for Galliford Try, said: “As a people-orientated business, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to help our staff improve their wellbeing and help sustainable behaviours.
“This initiative is fantastic way for our team to get around the centre of Bristol in a quick and efficient manner while improving their health as well. As a keen cyclist myself, I can’t wait to give them a try the next time I’m down on site.”
Bristol currently offers two Brompton Bike Hire docks, one based at Temple Meads and another at Bristol Parkway, and bikes can be hired online or by text message from £3.50 a day.
A £175m mixed-use development scheme is planned for the landmark site of the Soapworks in Bristol that will include new homes and an apart-hotel.