Clarke Willmott moves into new Bristol office
Assembly Building C is the new home for Clarke Willmott’s 300+ Bristol colleagues
Clarke Willmott has moved into its new state-of-the-art Bristol office.
The firm’s 300-plus Bristol colleagues are exchanging their previous offices in Georges Square, Redcliffe, for the Assembly Building C on Cheese Lane.
Clarke Willmott has taken a pre-let of the top two floors – 15,624 sq ft in total – of the new 11-storey grade A space, which occupies a prime location on Bristol’s Floating Harbour, in the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.
The new office is designed for hybrid working and accommodates both remote and in-person working. It features more collaboration spaces, including a relaxed client lounge and a colleague business lounge, a communal kitchen area, quiet zones and meeting rooms.
The move to Assembly C also plays a vital role in Clarke Willmott’s commitment to sustainability. The building has been given an energy efficiency rating of A which will help the firm deliver on its commitment to achieving net zero by 2040, subject to validation by SBTi, the Science Based Targets initiative.
The electricity supply is 100 per cent renewable, thanks to Clarke Willmott’s use of the Bristol Heat Network, an innovative underground network which reduces carbon emissions by delivering low-carbon heat and energy throughout the city.
Peter Swinburn, CEO of Clarke Willmott, said that for the firm – which is celebrating its 135th anniversary this year – the decision to move was driven by our mission to become more sustainable.
“As with many other businesses, the pandemic fast tracked our thinking and the transformation in the way we operate.” he said.
“We were looking for a space that enabled a significant reduction of our overall space requirement, given our plans for hybrid working. This is about facilitating remote working combined with an appealing office environment where colleagues can enjoy working collaboratively in person with clients and each other, while also enjoying the culturally important social aspects of work.
“It’s a tremendously exciting time for Clarke Willmott. Last year we opened a new purpose-built office in Birmingham, as well as unveiling a major refurbishment of our Taunton office, and later this year we will also be opening a new Cardiff office.
As the firm marks its 135th anniversary, our new Bristol home is a true reflection of our commitment to honouring the past while building for the future.”
Assembly Building C is being developed by AXA IM Alts’ real estate platform, alongside Bell Hammer as the development partner. The construction company on the project was PCE Ltd. and the fit-out was carried out by Alteriors Design & Build Ltd. and Estilo Interiors.