On the morning of 24th January 2017, Low Carbon South West, along with Bristol City Council, University of Bristol and Skanska, hosted the Enterprise Bristol Business Breakfast. A sold out audience of Low Carbon South West and Go Green members and guests attended to explore the development of Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone (BTQEZ) into a heartland of industry, research and academic partnerships.
Matthew Tudge (General Manager of Low Carbon South West) opened the event with a warm welcome to the Future Economy Centre (FEC). The FEC is a collaborative space where like-minded organisations can co-locate and innovate together. It is one of the few major sectoral clusters in the UK, and the Low Carbon South West team are extremely proud of the initiative.
First to speak was Jack Allan, Economic Development Manager of the Enterprise Zone Programme Team at Bristol City Council. Jack opened with the success of the zone so far, with over 3000 jobs created, investment by over 150 businesses, over 20,000sqm of development, as well as £1.2m of business rate growth. He went on to talk about the zone’s targets to increase jobs and the start up of new businesses in the area, along with a further 240,000sqm of new development by 2037.
Jack went on to talk about the work of the Council with Network Rail to improve Bristol Temple Meads station, along with ongoing plans for Bristol Arena and the new University of Bristol campus, which will all be built within the enterprise zone. He mentioned the future objectives for the year ahead, including the zone’s extension and business rates discount scheme.
To see Jack’s slides, click here.
Next to speak was John Mitchell, Regional Business Development Manager at Skanska. Continuing from Jack, he spoke about the long-term collaborative partnerships central to Skanska’s ethos and showcased their spectacular development at 66 Queen Square as an exemplary development and illustration of their plans for the future.
John also revealed the submitted plans for Engine Shed 2, including an open plan and industrial style interior. The project is integral to Temple Circus redevelopment, reconnecting the station to the city centre and will provide an open access to collaborative spaces at at street level, with the integrity of the original George Hotel respected.
This is a very exciting project that will transform the whole of of the Temple Circle area. To read John’s slides and see some artists impressions of the work, click here.
The last of our morning’s speakers was Neil Bradshaw, Director of Enterprise and Programme Manager at the University of Bristol, who explored the plans for their new Temple Quarter Campus. He went onto talk about growing the UK’s digital economy, in no small part stimulated through investment in world class education, research and partnerships.
The goals include up to 80,000sqm for expansion of business education, engineering, outreach facilities and approximately 1,500 student residences. The new project, which will be situated on the Cattle Market Road site, will be the bespoke home for ground-breaking undergraduate Bristol Innovation Programmes.
Neil also explored the other elements of the new campus, with the expansion and partnership in the Engine Shed business incubator (as John talked about), along with widening participation with community and outreach activities. The University of Bristol, Skanska and Bristol City Council are all working closely on this project to create a once-in-a-generation opportunity.
To see Neil’s slides, click here.
We would like to thank all our speakers for making this breakfast dynamic and engaging, and also a huge thank you to all attendees – we hope you found it worthwhile and came away with some useful insights.
If you are not already a Go Green or Low Carbon South West member, but would like to know more about the opportunities and benefits that membership can offer, please visit our membership page or get in touch with Matthew Tudge for a chat about working together.