Cubex unveils plans for £140m mixed-use scheme in UK

WCN Editorial Team 11 Dec 2018 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Bristol developer Cubex has unveiled plans to transform the former headquarters site of Avon Fire and Rescue in Bristol city centre into a £140m mixed-use scheme, which will form the next phase of the Finzels Reach quarter.

The plans will be submitted to Bristol City Council in the New Year.

The scheme planned for the site comprises a 150,000ft² contemporary office building, featuring a corkscrew staircase rising up through a glass atrium to a rooftop terrace.

The building will be constructed speculatively, prior to having tenants on board, and will reflect similar design principles to Aurora, a 95,000ft² Grade A office building that was completed at Finzels Reach earlier in 2018.

The new building will be designed for either a single occupier or a range of occupiers to let on a floor by floor basis.

The office building will be delivered alongside more than 300 homes specially designed for the rental market. The homes will be built in a range of apartment buildings of varying heights, from seven to 16 storeys.

An entrance has been designed at the corner of Counterslip and Temple Back, facing the Grade II listed Generator Building.

The apartments will also include a rooftop terrace and shared entertainment space, and extensive cycle storage and maintenance facilities.

They will also feature co-working space at ground floor level for the people working independently or running their own business.

The homes will be professionally managed, with on-site maintenance team, concierge and areas designed in the apartment block specifically for socialising, working from home, events or community activities.

Cubex said that it will deliver the scheme with 20% affordable homes.

Improvements to Temple Street, Counterslip and Temple Back, including improved cycle and pedestrian routes, are part of the scheme.

The first phase of Finzels Reach on Floating Harbour has created a new neighbourhood on the former brewery and sugar refinery site.

Cubex, with its funding partner Palmer Capital, bought the site earlier in 2018.

Subject to planning approval, work on the redevelopment of the former Avon Fire and Rescue site is expected to begin in 2019.

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Image: Rendering of the missed-use scheme at the former headquarters site of Avon Fire and Rescue in Bristol city. Photo: Courtesy of Finzels Reach.

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