Bristol Brunel Rail Terminal to be Transformed
Rydon Group Ltd has won the contract to transform Brunel’s terminal for the Great Western Railway into a launch pad for a new generation of tech companies. Bristol City Council and the University of Bristol have awarded Rydon the £1.5m contract to refurbish Brunel’s Grade 1 Listed Engine Shed into a business and innovation centre for technology firms. The building will be transformed from its previous use as the former home of the Empire and Commonwealth Museum into a permanent base for businesses.
Around 20 companies will be accommodated with a further 40 businesses using the business centre’s resources and facilities including hot desks, breakout spaces and meeting rooms. In total, there will be space for 120 people. It will also provide the headquarters for the newly launched Invest in Bristol and Bath, accommodating representatives from the four West of England Unitary Authority areas, and act as a ‘shopfront’ for potential investors in the region. It will also become the local base for UK Trade & Investment. Central to the Engine Shed will be a business lounge and co-working and collaboration spaces for academics, entrepreneurs, innovators, investors and business leaders.
South West Regional Director for Rydon, Paul Barber said: “We welcome the challenge to work on this unique building and play our role, as a locally based contractor, in presenting Bristol as a focal point for UK business and innovation. Drawing on our experience on complex projects in this region, Rydon will work closely with our clients to ensure we manage the build considerately and respectfully so this Grade 1 Listed structure is preserved as it begins its new life.”