One-of-a-kind workspace takes shape at Bristol’s Wapping Wharf

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Work is underway on the interior fit-out of Wapping Wharf’s striking office building CARGO Work following the completion of the main ‘shell and core’ building structure, with a new video showing progress on the building.

The ‘Cat A’ internal works will see the completion of the interior spaces, starting with the reception area, lifts, showers and toilets. The work is being undertaken by Bath-based workspace design and build experts Interaction and is set be finished by Christmas, after which the office floors will be completed.

The eye-catching contemporary building workspace set in the vibrant community of Wapping Wharf on Bristol’s harbourside reflects its industrial dockside setting, with a glazed steel-framed courtyard canopy and ‘shipping container’ exterior metal cladding. The open plan four-storey offices have balconies and terraces on all floors, with sweeping views over the River Avon and south Bristol.

The one-of-a-kind Grade A office building is housed within the stone walls of the former J S Fry warehouse, now fully restored and exposed following the removal of the roadside walls that previously ran along Wapping Road. The creation of CARGO Work will represent the return of this long-derelict former warehouse site to commercial use. Set on the corner of Wapping Road and Cumberland Road, near the Louisiana Pub, the site has stood empty for many years.

Stuart Hatton, managing director at Umberslade, the developer of Wapping Wharf, which includes CARGO Work, said: “Now that the main building is complete, you can get a real feel for how inspiring this space is going to be to work in, with plenty of light and fantastic views to the south. But just as important, any company deciding to make this their base will immediately become part of the Wapping Wharf community and all it has to offer.”

Alice Green from interior fit-out specialists Interaction says: “We’re delighted to be working on a development which is so focused on building community in a much-loved part of Bristol. The design alludes to the heritage of the space in a nuanced and modern way, with high-end finishes ensuring the end result will be a spectacular and sustainable home for local businesses.”

Letting agents Carter Jonas and Lambourn Commercial are already in advanced discussion with a number of companies wishing to take space in CARGO Work.

Damian Lambourn, of Lambourn Commercial explains: “The level of interest at this stage of construction has been very impressive. Potential occupiers are particularly attracted by the opportunity to create their own bespoke work environment within this stylish building.”

CARGO Work is suited to one or a small number of organisations, with space for up to 230 people across 20,270 sq ft of cutting-edge office space. It is exceptionally well-located, being within easy reach of the harbourside leisure area, city centre and public transport network, including Temple Meads railway station.

The building has been designed to be sustainable and low in energy use. Brise soleils prevent heat gain inside and photovoltaic roof panels take advantage of the building’s sunny position to create solar energy. It will include 47 secure bicycle racks and seven parking spaces with EV charging provision.

Wapping Wharf is already home to around 1,000 residents and an array of independent shops, restaurants, cafes and lifestyle businesses on Bristol’s iconic harbourside, with this established and growing neighbourhood widely recognised for its eclectic food and shopping scene.