Half a year on at One Portwall Square

It’s amazing what a difference half a year makes!

As we welcome in a new month, it gives us the perfect opportunity to look back on the early days of our construction phase when groundworks had barely begun and the upper elevations at One Portwall Square were too far in the future to visualise. Still plenty to do this July, and a full programme of works to co-ordinate and deliver, but there’s plenty to be proud of as well.

Collaboration with Rocksteady Training at One Portwall Square Site

The Skanska team at One Portwall Square are liaising with local training and skills organisation, Rocksteady Training, to support their work in engaging, supporting and educating young students in the construction sector. Based in Bristol, Rocksteady Training works with 14-16 year olds to teach them basic and advanced construction skills and offers hands-on learning, practical advice, industry standard training and emotional support.

We look forward to supporting these young adults at the start of their construction careers and hope we can share with them some of our own industry and site experience.

Website for more details – Rocksteady Training

Street Art around the One Portwall Square site compound

The team at Skanska have been working with local artists to bring colour and interest to the hoarding around the site compound on Station Approach. The site cabins are now surrounded by some extraordinary art which makes a refreshing change and showcases some of the creativity and talent in the city.

Concrete Pouring

166 m3 of concrete was poured at our One Portwall Square site yesterday. Watching the Skanska team in action was mesmerising and there was an almost instant change in the site’s appearance. It is a pretty major milestone for all involved and signifies the next stage in the build programme.

Crane arrives

When your tower crane arrives, the opportunity to have some fun with some before and after images presents itself. One Portwall Square pre-crane and post-crane (with some demolition, site clearance and groundworks also completed for good measure).

One Portwall Square Construction Starts on Site

Construction of our new office, One Portwall Square, began yesterday. And whilst we couldn’t celebrate with the full team, it was great to be able to mark the occasion, at a safe distance, with Skanska.

Building work now begins in earnest and we look forward to seeing our exemplar commercial scheme and new pocket square progress.

Skanska appointed as Main Contractor on One Portwall Square

We are pleased to announce that we’ve appointed Skanska UK as our main contractor on our new office building One Portwall Square in the heart of Bristol’s commercial district. Combining contemporary architecture with a focus on tenant amenity, wellbeing and sustainability, One Portwall Square will deliver a new model office for Bristol.

Work starts on site next month for completion end of 2021. The development will have opening windows throughout the building which will work with a passive in-slab cooling system and super high ceilings to create the best work environment for occupiers – comfort cooled workspaces with quality daylight, fresh air and outdoor space. It is also committed to outstanding sustainability, energy efficiency and connectivity and will be built to BREEAM Excellent and EPC Rating A standards. One Portwall Square has achieved WiredScore Certification Platinum and CyclingScore Certification Platinum in recognition of its exceptional connectivity and cycling provision. It is also connecting into Bristol City Council’s District Heat Network providing a more sustainable way of heating that offers cost efficiencies and a greener energy source

Bristol is a vibrant, creative and innovative city and our office responds to it with workspaces for a modern generation of tenants who are looking for a stylish, healthy, sustainable and connected place to work.

Cycling Score Platinum certificate for One Portwall Square

We’ve championed bike power for a while and knew that our first development in Bristol would have exceptional cycling facilities at its core. So it is very exciting to receive our official platinum accreditation from the team at CyclingScore.

As well as plenty of secure cycle parking for tenants and visitors, we’ve thought a lot about the needs of cyclists and are creating excellent shower and changing rooms and lots of locker spaces and storage. All designed to encourage a greener and healthier way to get to and from our building.

Bristol has led the way as a cycling city. And One Portwall Square now provides it with an office that gives cyclists the amenities they need. One of the many features that make it a new office for Bristol.

One Portwall Square is Wired Certified Platinum

The Nord team are feeling justifiably proud as it’s been confirmed by WiredScore that One Portwall Square is officially Wired Certified Platinum. We are one of only two buildings in Bristol to achieve this top accreditation confirming that our new build office will be one of the best in the country for broadband and telecom infrastructure and digital connectivity.

We’ve always aimed to create a genuinely new office for Bristol. This is an important step for us in demonstrating that we are delivering a commercial workplace that sets the bar for office accommodation.  And it’s just the beginning.

One Portwall Square Begins On Site

We were delighted to mark the official start on site of our new build commercial office, One Portwall Square, with a small celebration and ribbon cutting ceremony.  Amidst much applause, we handed the site over to the demolition team who will now begin taking down the redundant squash court that has stood empty for many years, making way for our new type of office for Bristol.

It was great to have so many of our dedicated design and project team with us to mark the event as we begin the next stage of this exciting project.