A sketch showing Filwood Business Park, Bristol, as constructors expect to see it in 2015Due for completion in February 2015, Filwood Green Business Park celebrated a milestone in its construction this week with an official ‘topping out’ ceremony.

Bristol-based Midas Group won the £10.4m contract in February this year. Project managers from the construction firm welcomed guests on a tour around the building before officially laying down the last roll of turf.

The ‘easy-in, easy-out’ policy at Filwood Green will facilitate use by low-carbon small and medium enterprises, and will provide 40,000 square ft. of office and workshop space. The business park has been accredited with ‘outstanding’ status by BREEAM, and is expected to sustain 350 jobs.

The site will contain a wetland ecology area, charging points for electric vehicles and will produce 20% of the energy used on site.

Project managers from Midas group lay out the final piece of turf at FilwoodLaying down the lawn: Midas project managers put the finishing touches on Filwood’s turf

A South West showcase

Filwood Green’s development will bolster Bristol’s credentials as the European Green Capital 2015, and highlights wider plans to redevelop the Filwood area.

Regeneration plans led by the Homes and Communities Agency include provision for a new public park and 150 affordable homes.

“It’s testament to the environmental excellence of this project that even before the first turf has been cut it has been judged as outstanding by BREEAM”

 

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson was in attendance when construction at Filwood Park began. He recently described the new business park as a “leading project in the regeneration of south Bristol

“It’s testament to the environmental excellence of this project that even before the first turf has been cut it has been judged as outstanding by BREEAM.”

Follow the latest developments at Filwood Green Business Park 140 characters at a time @filwoodgreen. Images courtesy of Bristol City Council – pictured are: Gary Milliner, Board Director of the architects, Stride Treglown; Councillor Jeff Lovell, Chair of the Knowle West project Board; Assistant Mayor Cllr Mark Bradshaw; and Derek Quinn Executive Director of Midas.

Josh Ryall