15 December 2018
Full Steam Ahead on ENGINE SHED 2
Mike Cox, Director, Childs+Sulzmann Architects
Engine Shed, oversubscribed from the moment it opened in 2013 Engine Shed, oversubscribed from the moment it opened in 2013

We were delighted to learn last month that Bristol City Council’s Planning Committee had unanimously approved plans for Engine Shed 2. Developing the success story of Engine Shed and actively encouraging tech entrepreneurs in this city is the best thing we can do to give Bristol a prosperous and sustainable future.

It’s the development of facilities like Engine Shed that have underpinned the growth of innovation and digital technology as an industry in Bristol which has recently been named the UK’s Smartest City.

This is according to the UK Smart Cities Index, which evaluates places that have taken a leading role in implementing programmes to shape future living. This is the latest in a list of accolades, such as the Rough Guide’s ‘Coolest City’ , that will, with the right investment and development, ensure the continuing appeal of Bristol to the tech entrepreneurs.

Engine Shed 2 will be a new building to expand the phenomenally successful business incubation centre that Childs+Sulzmann designed into Brunel’s Old Station back in 2013, described by the Minister of Culture, Ed Vaizey as A brilliant transformation of this historic building.”

The Engine Shed is a collaborative project between the University of Bristol, Bristol City Council and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. Since opening it has attracted a great deal of political attention, delivered millions of pounds in inward investment and helped to develop dozens of young start-ups in the tech sector.

The space has been oversubscribed from the moment it opened. The new building, across the road from the original, will be twice the size, creating around 60,000 sq ft of new space for co-working, exhibition and debate, and growth space for new businesses.

Childs+Sulzmann architects developed the original concept scheme which has been taken forward by the international London firm of Grimshaw Architects as part of much larger proposals for Temple Circus which will generate 300,000 sq ft of new office space for the city.

The project was held up for a while due to concerns about the impact of the proposals on the remains of a listed building on the site and on views of the station.

We have been involved in Engine Shed since its inception and continue to work closely with Nick Sturge and his team. We hope to be further involved as Skanska take this exciting project forward.