A unanimous decision has just been made by Bristol Council’s planning committee to approve plans from developers Skanska to build the Engine Shed 2 on the site of the derelict George and Railway pub (pictured right).
Standing opposite the current Engine Shed building, Engine Shed 2 will serve to further increase its capacity for building a strong community supporting innovative businesses and tech startups across Bristol and the South West, and driving long-term, sustainable and inclusive economic growth in the region.
“I am thrilled that the planning committee has seen the opportunity that Engine Shed 2 presents in a second iconic Bristol heritage site”
Having already proved its incredible value since opening in 2013, the original Engine Shed – a collaboration between Bristol City Council, the University of Bristol and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership – has created over 700 jobs and delivered more than £8m GVA (Gross Value Added) to the Bristol and Bath economic region through its hosted incubators.
These include SETsquared – the world’s number one business incubator, the Oracle Startup Cloud Accelerator, apprenticeship providers Boomsatsuma, smart cities project Bristol Is Open, and networks and collaborations including GW4 and BusinessWest. The building has also previously housed the Local Enterprise Partnership, Invest Bristol and Bath, WebStart, JustEat, SomoGlobal, GamesBoosters, WECA, Social Enterprise Works, School for Social Entrepreneurs and others.
Commenting on this decision, Engine Shed’s Director Nick Sturge (pictured left) says: “I am thrilled that the planning committee has seen the opportunity that Engine Shed 2 presents in a second iconic Bristol heritage site. Following on from the success of Engine Shed, and our proven custodianship of a listed building, we are now able to build on our inclusive economic growth plan that serves communities in Bristol and Bath. These are indeed exciting times.”
The go-ahead will be especially great news for SETsquared Bristol who, with such a high-status, are splitting at the seams with entrepreneurial talent that will benefit from the additional space soon to be provided by the Engine Shed 2.
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