17th May 2013
Alder King finds new home for Bloodhound Supersonic Car
The Bristol-based project to develop a 1,000mph car that will attempt the world land speed record in South Africa in 2015 is to move into larger premises on an industrial estate in Avonmouth after securing new accommodation through Alder King’s industrial agency team.
The Bloodhound SSC Project has taken a flexible five year lease on Unit 3 Avonbridge Trading Estate on Atlantic Way, Avonmouth. The property, four times larger than its current Harbourside workshop, provides 21,933 sq ft of open plan warehouse, production and office space and will facilitate the final assembly of the car.
The new property provides space for a more spacious workshop area with a generous eaves height to accommodate cranes, clean rooms for sub-assemblies, electrical and hydraulic work, a crew room for technicians as well as office and presentation space.
Andrew Ridler, partner at Alder King, says: “After three years, the Bloodhound Project had outgrown its current workshop next to the SS Great Britain. We have been closely involved with the Project since its early days and are delighted to have helped secure new premises for this all-important next stage of assembling the car.
“With more than 3,000 specially designed components to be delivered for the final assembly, it was important that the workshop is easily accessible for deliveries. This unit, with its large yard area, provides all the space and facilities the project will need over the next few years.”
Tony Parraman, head of sponsor liaison for the project said: “Building of the chassis has already begun but over the next few months we will be adding major components including the jet engine and tail fin which obviously require much more space. We are relocating at just the right time in the project life cycle.”
The landlord LCP was advised by the Bristol office of Savills. Robert Cleeves, industrial and logistics director of Savills, said: “The landlord is delighted that this exciting project has chosen Avonbridge Trading Estate for its home and looks forward to seeing the project develop. It is not every day that you are able to assist in a project of international importance.”