28 October 2014

Women in Property forum tours Filwood Green Business Park

The site of Bristol's flagship new eco-friendly business park was visited by the Association of Women in Property after Midas Construction invited members to view progress on the new development.

Filwood Green Business Park is an £11.6million project being built by Bristol-based construction firm Midas for Bristol City Council as part of wider plans to regenerate South Bristol, and kick-start Bristol's status as European Green Capital in 2015.

The much-anticipated development is due to be completed by February 2015, when 40,000 sq ft of workshop and office space will provide accommodation for businesses. The new park is expected to support 350 jobs, as well as further cementing Bristol's already strong eco-friendly reputation after earning the first ever BREEAM ‘Outstanding' rating for a South West building.

Midas Construction welcomed a delegation from the Association of Women in Property (WiP) earlier this week (Oct 22nd), with members given a short presentation by Bristol City Council and architects Stride Treglown about the project before a tour of the site led by Midas project managers.

Women in Property is a dynamic forum representing women working within the construction and property industry, and aims to raise the profile of women in the sector to attract more to consider careers in the field.

Jamie Harwood, Midas Construction Operational Director for Filwood Green Business Park, said: "We were delighted to welcome members of WiP to see the work going on to create this exciting new business park for Bristol, as well enabling them to hear more about the numerous ways we are employing environmentally-friendly approaches in the build."

Laura Fuller, Chairman of the WiP South West branch, said: "Women currently represent only about 15 per cent of the construction industry workforce, and WiP is a fantastic forum working to readdress this balance, as well as to encourage and support those already working in the sector.

"Events such as these provide our members with the opportunity to see the diverse range of cross-discipline work going on in the area."

Midas Construction began work in February on the business park in Knowle West, which will be the first BREEAM Outstanding commercial building in the South West region. The development has already earned numerous environmental accolades, and was a finalist for BREEAM's People's Choice Award as one of the highest-scoring environmental friendly buildings across Europe.

Filwood Green Business Park will produce 20 per cent of its energy on site from renewable sources, and will include green roofs, a wetland ecology area, electric vehicle charging points, cycling and walking facilities and will be on the route of the new Metrobus.

The £11.6 million project is being funded by Bristol City Council, and has received £5.413 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The project has also received funding from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership Revolving Infrastructure Fund, which is supported by the Government's Regional Growth Fund.

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PHOTO NOTE: The attached photographs show members of the South West branch of the Association of Women in Property being given a tour of the new Filwood Green Business Park by members of the Midas Construction team leading the project.

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