Welcome Building®, is a new type of workspace for Bristol being delivered in a joint venture between EPISO 5, a fund managed by Tristan Capital Partners, and Candour, today reached an important construction milestone as the building reached its highest point. Main contractor, Wates is set to complete work next year.
Welcome Building®, designed by Darling Associates, will deliver a new type of workplace for Bristol. This 207,000 sq ft landmark in the city centre will reset the bar for sustainability by targeting optimal energy efficiency and a commitment to creating a healthy environment for all who work there.
The building will have a unique street on the ground floor that will host events, an open kitchen, interactive art and a collaborative business community. It will also host the largest available floor-plates in the city. 207,000 sq ft of voluminous and open reconfigurable space to accommodate the changing patterns of working life – be that group collaboration or places for individual focus.
The building will be an all-electric workspace, including PV cells on the roof and targeting Net Zero Carbon in operation, and it will set new standards for occupier wellbeing as it will be the first Bristol office building to target Well Platinum Certification, alongside BREEAM Outstanding and Five at Heart Platinum, with consideration given to everything from biodiversity to the enhanced end of trip facilities for cyclists, runners, and in-house gym users.
The building is also connected to the Bristol Heat Network, from which it will extract all of its heat load. This naturally sourced and low carbon heat is procured from the Castle Park energy centre at a lower capital and operational cost, which will also provide greater security for tenants against fluctuating energy tariffs, and means that there will be no polluting combustion whatsoever on site.
Toby Pentecost, Co-Founder at Candour
“The topping out ceremony is always a nice moment, and we’re already looking forward to the building opening. We’ve put a lot of emphasis on embracing wellness and sustainability throughout the build design and we’re aiming to provide occupiers with an experience more in line with a high-end hotel while also delivering a building which will set new sustainability standards in terms of reducing carbon footprint and environmental impact.”
Mark Tant, MD of Wates Construction
“Now that we have completed the structure of the Welcome Building, we are able see the sheer scale and potential of this landmark building and celebrate our fantastic team and supply chain partners who have made it possible, with over 300,000 hours worked to date.
“It has been an honour to work with Candour and Tristan Capital Partners to unlock their shared vision for the site and bring forward this landmark addition to the Bristol skyline. Once complete next year, the Welcome Building will not only offer high quality, flexible space and fantastic views of the city, it will also redefine how we interact with the workplace and bring new investment, energy and excitement to the city. We are proud to have been a part of delivering this project and in supporting the wider regeneration of Bristol through our work across the city over the last ten years.”