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Bristol’s first commercial office space to be BREEAM 2014 Outstanding


  • Bristol's first BREEAM Outstanding commercial office
  • Only office in Bristol to meet/exceed BCO design guide criteria
  • Built by Willmott Dixon's Bristol based commercial specialists

Developer Cubex opted for Willmott Dixon’s BREEAM expertise to deliver its BREEAM Outstanding Aurora Office Development at Finzels Reach. Aurora will provide 95,000 square foot of Grade A office space on the Floating Harbour, within a £250m mixed-use regeneration in central Bristol close to Temple Meads railway station and Cabot Circus shopping centre.

High expectations

With sustainability now a key part in modern office design, BREEAM Outstanding will deliver a high quality office environment with low energy demand energy requirements, with energy reduction achieved largely through passive means.

It's the only scheme in the city to meet or exceed the British Council for Office design guide criteria, incorporating the maximum amount of daylight possible uniformly spread throughout the building.

The seven storey Aurora building includes a stunning glass atrium, basement car and bicycle parking and a link to the Grade II listed Generator Building, adjacent. The building will complete to shell, core and CAT A stage by the end of 2017 and further illustrates Willmott Dixon’s track-record of delivering city centre projects working on restricted, brownfield sites.


Gavin Bridge, Director, Cubex Land:

“I’m delighted that with our solid financial backing we are pressing ahead with this speculative development encouraged by the fact that Bristol has a shortage of Grade A office space which has already resulted in rental growth. Aurora will be the first new development to be completed in a number of years and will deliver the very best office space Bristol has to offer in a vibrant, mixed-used location.”

We're working with a Bristol design team, including architects The Bush Consultancy, Dickson Powell Partnership as quantity surveyors and project managers plus Hydrock Consultants, structural and building performance engineers.

Neal Stephens, managing director of Willmott Dixon in the West:

“With a local office in Bristol, we’re delighted to have the opportunity to build such an important office for the city’s economy, one that will attract new investment and set the standard for BREEAM Outstanding in a city that was 2015’s European Green Capital. We will work hard to ensure this project benefits the Bristol economy, partnering with local companies and sustaining jobs for local people.”

Low carbon expertise

It’s the latest low carbon milestone for the company that recently completed the UK’s largest non-residential Passivhaus facility, University of Leicester’s Centre for Medicine, and the BREEAM Excellent One Central Square, a grade A 135,000 square foot office development in Cardiff. The company is also working on a facility in Exeter targeting BREEAM Outstanding, a new home for the Met Office’s supercomputer.

Willmott Dixon’s expertise for energy efficient, low carbon properties is seeing the company currently work with the Low Carbon Workplace to deliver a series of low energy offices in London. Also, its Interiors company achieved a BREEAM milestone when it delivered the first non-domestic refurbishment and fit-out to achieve the 2014 BREEAM Excellent rating.