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  • 95,000

    Square foot of office space

  • 85%

    Let before we finished

  • 7

    storey concrete frame

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 provides 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.

Demand was huge, and before we finished work it was 85 per cent let!

High expectations

With sustainability a key part in modern office design, this is 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.

It is also the only commercial building outside of London with BREEAM Outstanding certification, one of only eight in the whole of the UK. Ourteam has also submitted evidence to American LEED certification and is expecting to garner the Gold award as well as a Platinum WiredScore for connectivity and digital infrastructure. Aurora is also fully compliant with the British Council of Offices (BCO) 2014 specification.

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.

The LEED and BREEAM awards necessitated logging all aspects of the project with tablet-based software, FieldView. Our team could prove, for example, the insulation in walls was installed as described, that every delivery of concrete was logged and even that the the scaffolding boards were sustainably sourced.

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Gavin Bridge, Director, Cubex Land:

“I’m delighted that with our solid financial backing we delivered this speculative development encouraged by the fact that Bristol has a shortage of Grade A office space which has already resulted in rental growth."

We worked 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:

“This is 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 worked hard to ensure this project benefited 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.