29 May 2015
Economic boost for South Bristol as Filwood Green Business Park opens
A £12m Green Business Park designed to boost economic prosperity and create hundreds of jobs in South Bristol was officially opened by Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson today (28 May).
Filwood Green Business Park is a flagship project of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital 2015 and is a new sustainable home for small and medium sized businesses, providing 40,000 sq ft of workshop and office space.
The opening ceremony featured a theatrical performance by Cirque Bijou accompanied by drummers, stilt walkers and a BMX stunt rider, followed by a performance by Bristol 2015 European Green Capital poet, Martin Kiszko.
The Mayor then officially opened the business park and toured the building, led by architects, Stride Treglown. The building is the first of its type in the south west built to the industry leading ‘BREEAM Outstanding’ environmental and sustainability standards and has been shortlisted for a prestigious 2degrees Champions award for new building 2015.
Assistant Mayor for Place, Cllr Mark Bradshaw, Members of the Knowle West Project Board and representatives from the Homes and Communities Agency, DCLG, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, construction company MIDAS and prospective tenants also joined the tour.
George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol said: “Filwood Green Business Park is a great vote of confidence in the future of South Bristol. It gives me huge pleasure to be able to open it during our year as European Green Capital and to invite families and members of the local community to come and see this important new development on their doorstep.
“This project is a vital component of our year as Green Capital and provides a lasting legacy for the City, creating jobs by providing environmentally conscious businesses with workshop and office space to boost economic prosperity.
"I want to give particular thanks to the design and construction team for delivering this elegant energy efficient complex and congratulate all involved in delivering this project from both within and outside the City Council."
Derek Quinn, executive director at Midas Construction, said: “As a Bristol-based company we are very proud to have created Filwood Green Business Park. The build involved more than 500 people working on site in Bristol, creating training opportunities for local apprentices and employing more than 300 local sub-contractors, with 20 staff working towards an NVQ qualification.
“This is the first commercial building in the South West ever to earn a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, and one of the highest scoring environmentally-friendly buildings in the whole of Europe.”
Cllr Mark Bradshaw, Assistant Mayor for Place said: "Getting the new business park ready and open for business is a great achievement and it will become South Bristol's own 'Engine Shed'.
“So many people have helped to make this happen and the dedicated project and the construction team deserves special mention. I toured the building during construction last year and returning I see a connected, sustainable hub which is future-proofed and offers great flexibility. This building sends a clear signal that South Bristol is thinking ahead to close the gaps in skills and infrastructure."
Adam Frontczak, Area Manager at the Homes and Communities Agency, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Filwood Green Business Park open. It will bring huge benefits to the city, providing jobs and substantial economic value to help drive the regeneration of Knowle West. The successful development will also inspire the next phase of work: 150 new and affordable homes, alongside a public park, which will benefit the people of Knowle West for generations to come.”
Gary Milliner, of architect Stride Treglown said: "As the designers of Filwood Green Business Park we are excited to see the completed building welcomed by the local community at today’s grand opening.
“We hope to see the building's green credentials attract like-minded businesses and local independent workers to these new high quality interactive work spaces.”
After the tour a family fun day was held with stands from local businesses and organisations, a circus skills workshop, bubble fun workshop, face painting and food from local sausage maker Sausagenius and Pizza Monkey.
Knowle West Media Centre hosted a laser drop-in workshop, allowing people personalise special Filwood logo key-rings.
To find out about the opportunities for businesses and individuals at Filwood Green Business Park visit: www.filwoodgreen.co.uk or call: 0117 352 1162.
Image caption: Jamie Harwood, Operational Director for Midas, at the opening of the new business park