A new £7 million creative and digital hub has opened in Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.
Temple Studios, next to Bristol’s Temple Meads railway station, has been redeveloped into a quirky and creative office environment aimed at creative and digital businesses by London-based property company TCN UK.
Managing director for TCN UK Richard Pearce said:
“In 2008 we analysed the markets and realised Bristol has an innovative and creative demographic similar to Amsterdam, Utrecht and parts of London.
“Temple Studios targets creative and digital companies, offering a unique office environment with a raw, industrial design and desirable extras, such as a large breakout area for like-minded businesses to connect and interact.”
Thirty-two businesses are already installed in the building which features exposed surfaces, stripped floors and walls, retro toilets and quirky signage.
Bristol Mayor George Ferguson, opened the hub. He said:
“Bristol has seen rapid growth in the areas of creative and digital business and can now consider itself as a leader in the UK’s creative economy. We are delighted [TCN UK] have chosen to invest here. They’ve created a very desirable and different workspace and already attracted a whole host of dynamic organisations.
“Bristol already has the most successful economy of any city outside of London and the success of the Enterprise Zone is key to the ongoing prosperity of the whole of the city and region.”
Local Growth Minister Mark Prisk said:
“The Zone is already attracting new and exciting businesses and I’m confident that this new £7 million hub will bring even more innovative business and talented staff into the area. Enterprise Zones are the engine rooms of local growth and it’s very encouraging to see how Bristol Temple Quarter has embraced and cultivated the area’s artistic heritage, driving wider growth in the area and helping to ensure the UK remains a world leader in creative and digital industries.”
Plans for the final phase of the site include a new £13 million office development know as One Bristol, targeted at the TMT sector along with a 120 bed hotel and ancillary retail.
Richard Pearce says:
“One Bristol is designed for the media and digital generation with an industrial feel, exposed services, high ceilings and great natural light. Quoting rents will be 20% below the more traditional competition and occupiers have flexibility on fit out options starting from shell and core.”