The idea of an environmentally-friendly, ‘green’ business park came from local residents during the development of the 20 year Knowle West Regeneration Framework. A design team with strong environmental credentials were appointed to realise this ambition:
A key focus for the design team was preventing the so-called ‘performance gap’ often found in this type of development, whereby buildings that are designed as low carbon emit significantly more carbon than planned when in operation. To address this, measures include:
Designed to achieve a 40 per cent CO2 reduction, saving an estimated 46 tonnes of CO2 annually (equivalent to 276 double decker buses). This is a building that invests in Bristol’s future, with:
The business park welcomes all entrepreneurs with a modern, fully accessible work and meeting space:
The business park is well served by several travel options to give a range of choice to commuters. Help will be provided to tailor individual travel plans to tenants.
There are 4 dedicated EV charging points in the car park that are available to licensees, tenants and visitors, with marked parking bays in the centre of the car park. Check that there is a small blue flashing light at the side of the charger which indicates that it is ready to charge. Please collect a token from Reception (cost £1.50 for 2 hours charge). We are not on the Source West card system.
These are ‘Fast’ or ‘Mode 3’ AC chargers using 32A (7kW) which give a full charge in 3 to 4 hours. Users will need to have 7-pin Mennekes plug (IEC 62196) at the charging point end of their charging cable. Connect your charging cable to the vehicle first then to the charger to lock the cable in place. At the end of the period of charging, disconnect at the vehicle first to unlock the cable from the charging unit.
Drivers with non-electric vehicles should not park in the dedicated EV charging bays.
For more information on electric vehicles and where to charge them in the Bristol and Bath area please visit the Source West website.
The business park is visibly green with landscaping that reflects the original biodiversity of the site.
All of these environmental measures ensured that Filwood Green Business Park achieved the BREEAM Outstanding environmental standard. The design was Highly Commended at the BREEAM Awards in March 2014. It was nominated again at Final Certificate in 2016 as it scored 93.08%, making it the second highest performing industrial building in the UK
BREEAM is an environmental assessment technique and rating system to measure the sustainability and energy efficiency of a building.
Properties are measured across a wide range of categories with criteria spanning energy use through to ecology. All aspects of a building’s design are critically assessed, including factors like water use, waste, materials and management process.
BREEAM Outstanding is the highest accolade a new building can earn – further cementing Bristol’s enviable reputation as the green capital of Europe.
George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said: “Achieving BREEAM Outstanding fits our ambitions for Bristol as European Green Capital 2015, when the business park will open. The project sets the standard for future industrial developments in the city, and for the wider regeneration of South Bristol.
It will be the first BREEAM Outstanding development of its type in the South West, aimed at attracting the environmental sector and low carbon businesses that Bristol needs to take forward our vision for a greener, healthier and more sustainable city.”