Willmott Dixon wins £33m Halo office contract in Bristol

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Halo Bristol

Willmott Dixon has been appointed for the third time by Cubex to deliver another major office development, worth £33m in Bristol city centre

Cubex has now given Willmott Dixon the green light on the Halo Bristol, an office development opposite the first two schemes.

Halo is being built on the site of Avon Fire and Rescue’s former headquarters and like Aurora, is targeting a BREEAM Outstanding rating.

Staggered over seven floors, it will provide 116,133 square foot of Grade A office space, with international legal firm Osborne Clarke already agreeing to take nearly two-thirds of Halo in a pre-let deal earlier this year.

Sustainability

Halo will be connected to Bristol’s district heating network, which draws heat from a heat bore in the centre of the city. In addition, energy will be generated from descending lifts.

The range of sustainability initiatives embedded in Halo Bristol will create one of the UK’s most energy-efficient office buildings.

Halo’s modern design also features a corkscrew-like staircase rising up through a glass atrium, with LED lighting, roof-top mounted photovoltaic panels and even a drone landing pad.

With its focus on employee wellbeing, key features will include outdoor space on the rooftop, a bike park and glazed façade to maximise views and daylight.

Halo Bristol,

Raising the bar

Peter Walford, director at Cubex, said, “We are delighted to be working with Willmott Dixon to deliver Halo.

“This is the fifth Grade A office building that we’ve developed in this area of Bristol and with each, we aim to raise the bar in terms of both design and innovation, an approach which has been rewarded by the quality of the tenants and investors we have been able to attract.”

John Boughton, deputy managing director at Willmott Dixon, said, “We are looking forward to once again working with Cubex Land, providing much-needed office space, regeneration and opportunity to Finzels Reach.

“We are embracing the challenge of delivering one of the most sustainable office buildings in the UK.”

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