£1m refurbishment completes in Bristol’s marketing district as office demand stands firm

Just nine months after its acquisition, Topland Group of Companies is pleased to announce the completion of a £1.25 million refurbishment at 33 Bristol, a stand-out office building in Bristol’s marketing district.

Already, over 12,000 sq. ft. has been let in the building – with an existing tenant, Rise Recruitment, occupying 11,000 sq. ft. on the 1st floor, and Hartnell Taylor Cook, Burston Cook and JLL acting as joint agents on the recent letting of 1,608 sq. ft. to Merrion Vaults.

With neighbours such as Netflix, 33 Bristol sits in a prime location in the city’s marketing district. Topland has renovated it to reflect the market’s new expectations of quality office stock post lockdown.

Firstly, the building now supports greater demand for a safer commute that avoids public transport with its improved cycling provisions, including high specification changing and shower facilities coupled with 78 secure bicycle parking spaces. Secondly, it promotes the city’s commitment to sustainability with energy efficient air conditioning and charging spaces for electric cars.

33 Bristol also offers a quality design to occupiers – with large, light and clean spaces alongside a new reception that maximises the building’s art deco architecture. Its renovation and significant existing lettings highlight that, for quality and safe spaces, Bristol’s office market is flourishing.

Data released last week by the Bristol Office Agents Society also revealed take up for 2020 is still in line with the five-year average, and 33 Bristol is evidence of this. Despite Covid-19 uncertainty, occupiers remain committed to city offices.

Now, 33,850 sq. ft. remains on the market. Hartnell Taylor Cook, along with joint agents JLL and Burston Cook, are marketing the 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors as well as the transformed ground floor with its newly-installed mezzanine area. The three agents will be launching the available offices this week.

Commenting on the news, Chris Grazier, Office Agency Partner at Hartnell Taylor Cook, said:

“This year has naturally made businesses across the country think twice about their office space. But 33 Bristol’s renovation and the volume of space already let show that Bristol remains a city of choice for businesses. For stock that’s a high-quality design, that supports the health and safety of its occupiers and that factors in sustainability, demand is holding firm. 33 Bristol is a great illustration of this.

“We’ve worked with 33 Bristol’s new owners over the past nine months to fulfil their vision of a modern, open-plan office that meets the requirements of today’s occupiers, and are delighted to see two tenants already enjoying the refurbished space. We look forward to helping more occupiers find a new home in the building in the coming weeks.”

Steve Pope, Group Director of Property and Asset Management at Topland, also said:

“We are delighted to have completely repositioned this landmark property. Our designers and fit out contractors at Interaction and our great Project Manager at Trident have really pulled out all the stops here and created exciting contemporary space in this attractive Art Deco building. We are confident that new occupiers will want to benefit from the great space and excellent location available at 33 Bristol.”