Bristol becomes national leader in the ‘cycle to work’ revolution following £2.3million refurbishment of its tallest office

A major refurbishment of Bristol’s tallest office, Castlemead, has now completed, transforming 18-stories of the building into prime Grade A stock and the previously unused basement into the best-rated cycling facility in the country.

To cater to post-lockdown tenant demands for flexibility, quality and sustainability, the refurbishment’s aim was to create unparalleled occupier amenities in Bristol. The final product includes a new 3,000 sq. ft glass reception with open-plan, modern meeting spaces and a world-class cycling facility.

The basement has been transformed into a vintage Tour de France themed micro-mobility hub, with facilities including 341 cycle parking spaces, four Brompton hire bikes, 18 new showers and changing rooms, 400 lockers, a huge drying room, secure cycle entrance and lift and 12 EV chargers. The facilities are of such a high standard that CyclingScore – the leading certification body for cycling facilities – has had to devise a new platinum category, with the building receiving a world-first 100 per cent rating.

Positioned adjacent to Cabot Circus and Broadmead shopping areas, the newly refurbished building also has access to a wide range of community amenities.

Hartnell Taylor Cook, Knight Frank, JLL and Savills are the appointed agents.

Commenting on the news, Chris Grazier, office agency partner at Hartnell Taylor Cook, said:

“This really is a landmark office. That CyclingScore had to devise a brand-new category to accredit such a high-quality building is testament to its unique approach to post-pandemic tenant demand. Not only will it support Bristol’s eco-friendly vision in years to come, but it adds top-draw, environmentally friendly stock to the market. Other cities in the UK should take stock of Bristol’s innovative approach, and we’re delighted to have been appointed to find the ideal tenants.”