Published On: September 26th, 2022

The 115,000 sq ft building will be built to the highest sustainability standards

Work starts at unit G5, Horizon38. From left to right, Henry de Teissier, JLL; Gareth Williams, St Francis Group; Tim Perkins, MCS Group; Peter Fennell, St Francis Group; James Short, Avison Young

Construction of a new speculative industrial warehouse has started at Horizon38, the landmark regeneration and employment scheme in Filton, north Bristol.

Unit G5, a 115,600 sq ft unit is being developed by St Francis Group and ALMCOR at Horizon38, with Avison Young and JLL appointed to market the new space at a time when there is unprecedented demand for Grade A logistics and distribution space and a critical lack of available stock. It is the largest new build logistics unit, available in north Bristol.

Horizon38 is the flagship 60-acre employment scheme being developed in Filton, on the site of the former Rolls Royce East Works alongside the A38, and accommodating over 1.3m sq ft of commercial space.

With energy efficiency an essential part of the new warehouse development to meet the developers’ own net carbon aspirations as well as Government targets, together with expectations from new occupiers for the highest sustainability credentials, the new warehouse will be built to BREEAM excellent standards.

The new building, which will be ready for occupation in April 2023, is being constructed by MCS Group.

The Grade A self-contained distribution/logistics warehouse will be a detached landmark building close to the A38 on Gypsy Patch Lane. It will have 10 dock level doors, and 2 ground level doors, 50 KN/m2 floor loading, and a large secure yard, as well as a wide range of sustainable features including 6 EV charging points. The space includes 5,600 sq ft of office space on the upper floor.

Situated within the Filton Enterprise Area, Horizon38 benefits from a ready labour supply within walking distance, the new Brabazon development, great local transport links including the MetroBus route, and accessibility to the city as well as the motorway networks.

As a result of this accessibility, the size and high specification of the new unit, the warehouse could easily act as a major industrial HQ for a local company, a strategic last-mile logistics hub, or for companies working within the thriving engineering and aerospace industry.

James Short at Avison Young comments,

“Unit G5 will be a continuation of the high quality, sustainably built, speculative units developed at Horizon38, sitting alongside prestigious occupiers such as The Delivery Group and Elemis.

“Horizon38 is a real reflection of how forward-thinking development from St Francis Group and ALMCOR has met today’s ever strengthening demand for high quality units, and their commitment to sustainable delivery to meet their own, and the Government’s net zero ambitions.”

Henry de Teissier at JLL comments,

‘’Unit G5 is the culmination of the widely successful Horizon 38 business park. Over the last 5 years, we have seen numerous businesses from a wide variety of sectors, make Horizon 38, their Bristol home. The park’s strategic location, unrivalled public transport connectivity and accessibility to the labour market, has made it the prime commercial destination in north Bristol.’’

Gareth Williams, Director at St Francis Group, said,

“Having made the decision to aspire to a very high level of sustainability on all our new units, Horizon38 is another example of a BREEAM excellent standard of specification. With such quality and a shortage of supply, we are already seeing a healthy level of interest in this unit.”

Horizon38 combines industrial and distribution buildings totalling 580,000 sq ft with a further 25 acres of mixed employment space including new offices, trade warehouses, motor trade outlets with high profile occupiers including Village Urban Resorts, Volvo, GKN and CarShop.