Aukett Swanke’s 200,000sqft EQ development for CEG in the heart of Bristol City Centre broke ground on the main construction phase in December 2020, becoming the largest speculative office development currently underway in the south of England
The name EQ is to reflect balance, integrating the practical demands of modern business and raising the bar in terms of quality, occupant wellbeing and sustainability.
The adaptable design aims to ensure that the building is ‘fit for life’, able to accommodate a number of requirements, fitouts and differing environmental solutions for changing market demands, and adaptable sub-divisible floorplates on every level capable of running completely separate environmental systems.
It was named ‘Development of the Year’ and also won in the highly competitive ‘Sustainable Project of the Year’ category at the Insider Property Awards South West in autumn 2023
The base design will achieve a BREEAM Outstanding rating, a Platinum Wired score, EPC A rating and will be WELL ready
The 200,000sqft building has 10% given to occupier amenities including a dedicated cycle ramp at the front door and more than 260 cycle spaces, which is in excess of industry standard, high quality changing and shower facilities, ground floor café kitchen, 50 seat auditorium, fitness suite, co-working areas, restaurant and business lounge, and rooftop bar with large south facing terrace.
“EQ will be a first class piece of architecture that we have enjoyed being involved in creating. It is testament to a client that has clear ambition and vision and a design team that has a strength in depth and a culture of pushing innovation.
It has been a joy to design EQ, to stretch the boundaries of office design with health and well-being and a sustainable ethos that is at the core. The building will increase the energy of the people within it, whilst reducing the energy required to run it.
We are delighted that it will now be realised and look forward to its completion.”