News from the Region
New Hive creates business buzz
An exciting new business centre in Weston-super-Mare is set to open its doors in May. The Hive, on the J21 Enterprise Area, will deliver office space, facilities including high speed broadband and support for start-up, small and growing businesses.
The Hive is an energy efficient, 20,000 square foot building which can house up to 120 offices. Being built in two phases, phase one will open in May, with space for up to 60 businesses.
It will be the new home for the North Somerset Enterprise Agency, which has helped over 3,000 new businesses to start up since being established in 1987. Find out more here.
Work starts on £11m Green Business Park
The first turf has been cut for the new £11.6m Filwood Green Business Park, marking the formal start of construction on the South Bristol regeneration project.
Designed by architect Stride Treglown, it will provide 40,000 sq ft of workshop and office space and is expected to support 350 jobs. It will be one of only a handful of BREEAM Outstanding office buildings in the country and will kick-start Bristol’s status as European Green Capital in 2015. Read more here.
Bath data gets hacked by tech experts
The brightest and most creative people in the area are being mobilised by Bath & North East Somerset Council, Bath Digital and The Guild to take part in ‘Bath: Hacked’ – a two day event to come up with a clever use of technology that could enhance life in the community.
‘Bath: Hacked’ will enable technology experts to think, play and hack a range of data streams to create their ideas. Taking place on March 22nd & 23rd, there is an overall prize of £2,000 for the best creations. Follow the hack on twitter @BathHacked and read more here.
New research centre powers low carbon vehicles
A new research centre being launched by the University of Bath will boost the UK’s low carbon vehicle research and its application in the automotive sector.
The new Centre for Low Emission Vehicle Research has received funding of over £3 million, of which £2 million is from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council. The University of Bath is already well known for its work in this field, carried out through its Powertrain and Vehicle Research Centre.
This new centre is the first of its kind in the UK and will provide world-class facilities for researchers and industry. It will vastly increase the University’s capacity to explore transportation issues and will add a new focus on much-needed low and ultra-low carbon vehicles. Read more about the project here.
Early success at Filton 20
Three global advanced engineering firms have expanded into larger offices at Filton 20, helping to raise the profile of the area as a hub for innovation in aerospace, defence and related sectors.
Filton 20 is a 30 acre mixed use business park located within Filton Enterprise Area, close to the Airbus and GKN plants. Following instruction from BAE Systems to market the site, property consultancy Alder King have completed the three lettings to missile developer MBDA, Airbus parent group EADS and innovation and engineering consultancy Altran UK.
The site is being redeveloped with nearly 177,000 sq ft of modern office, industrial and research accommodation and is being marketed as an internationally important opportunity to secure space alongside some of the region’s most successful manufacturing enterprises. Find out more about Filton Enterprise Area here. http://www.bristolandbath.co.uk/key-areas/filton-enterprise-area
Metrobus planning approval moves delivery closer
The planning application for the Revised Section of Route for the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads MetroBus route has been approved. This means that the routes from Long Ashton Park and Ride, via a bus only guideway, to a refurbished Ashton Avenue Bridge, along Cumberland Road to Temple Meads and around Bristol City centre and the South Bristol Link, a combined road and MetroBus route that travels between the A370 in Long Ashton and Cater Road roundabout in Hartcliffe both now have planning permission.
The approval completes another stage of the MetroBus network and follows the approval of the South Bristol Link by Bristol City Council and North Somerset in November 2013. The application for the final section, the North Fringe to Hengrove Package has been submitted to Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils for determination in the summer.
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