Horizon 38 Global Technology Centre, Bristol

We have project managed the transformation of a brownfield site into a new research and development centre in Bristol. Tenanted by GKN Aerospace, the facility will be used in response to a Government-led initiative to innovate the next generation of fuel-efficient aircraft.

Key details

Project name

Horizon 38

 

Client

St Francis Group

Location

Bristol

 

Services provided

- Project Management

- Cost Consultancy 

 

Challenge

Based at a prime location fronting onto the A38 in North Bristol, the project focused on creating a high-quality research centre and Grade A office space, providing 300 new engineering jobs.

Due to the nature of constructing a research and development centre, there was never a prescribed set of requirements and plans were constantly evolving. This called for ongoing appraisals of any suggested changes.

In spite of the COVID-19 outbreak severely compromising site resources, we worked closely with the contractor to deliver the building just three weeks delayed, much to the satisfaction of our client St Francis and the tenant GKN.

Horizon 38 GKN Bristol Internal.jpg

Solution

Acting flexibly, we responded to the varying requirements of constructing a research and development centre by adapting to an ever-evolving build programme. Any changes imposed by GKN had to be reviewed and appraised as to whether these amendments were feasible. This ensured that we fulfilled the tenant's criteria and delivered a building that created the optimum environment for using their complex equipment – all whilst ensuring that the base build programme and cost remained unaffected.

We formed close relationships with GKN’s advisors to ensure their needs were met, whilst maintaining an informative and co-operative role throughout. By developing this relationship early in the stages of the build, we were able to work collaboratively and avoid prolonging any issues.

 

Take a look at Horizon 38

Horizon 38 GKN Bristol Panorama.jpg

Project statistics

114,000ft2
Global Technology Centre
38,500ft2
Grade A office space
7.3
Acre site
300
New engineering jobs

Project timeline

  • 23rd April 2019

    Start date

  • 28th February 2020

    Early access awarded to GKN to occupy certain areas of the building was achieved on the due date

  • 11th May 2020

    Project completed

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23rd April 2019

Start date

28th February 2020

Early access awarded to GKN to occupy certain areas of the building was achieved on the due date

11th May 2020

Project completed

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