Boxworks is coming to Brabazon

Workspace provider Forward has confirmed it is moving Boxworks – Bristol’s original shipping container workspace – from Temple Meads to Brabazon.

Brabazon is the new neighbourhood being built by YTL Developments on the former Filton Airfield. Approximately 48,000 people already work in high-value manufacturing, life science and technology businesses within two miles of Brabazon. The arrival of Boxworks brings a valuable new incubator space to this ecosystem.

To date, approximately 150 homes have been completed and occupied at Brabazon. A further 250 are currently under construction. YTL Developments also have detailed planning permission for a new local community hub in the historic aircraft hangar 16U, 1,514 beds of student accommodation, 239 homes designed for later living and the supersonic new 19,000-capacity YTL Arena Bristol.

In addition, YTL Developments have consent for Brabazon Park: a reimagining of Britain’s tradition of Victorian public parks and the largest new urban public space in the South West for over 50 years. And more than £100 million is being invested in local transport, including a new railway station that will connect to Bristol Temple Meads in less than 15 minutes.

Seb Loyn, planning and development director at YTL Developments said: “Brabazon is designed to be the new home for Bristol’s next generation of pioneers. We want to live up to the legacy of Concorde and the former Airfield’s incredible record for innovation. Boxwork’s flexible and affordable work space for growing companies will provide a vital missing link in North Bristol’s business ecosystem.”

Gavin Eddy, founder & CEO at Forward said: “We are really excited to be relocating Boxworks to Brabazon.  Boxworks sets the standard for innovative workspaces at Temple Meads, and by partnering with YTL Developments on the most ambitious and exciting development in Bristol, this move offers a long-term opportunity to create and nurture a new cluster of ambitious and exciting businesses at Brabazon.”

Sally Cordwell, CEO of Aerospace Bristol, said: “As a museum and charity that celebrates innovation, connects local communities, and aims to inspire future generations, Aerospace Bristol is pleased to support Boxworks at Brabazon. We look forward to welcoming Boxworks members and their guests for meals and coffees in the cafe, meetings and events in our first-class spaces, and fascinating museum visits.”