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DAC Beachcroft first to take space at Bristol’s Welcome Building

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International law firm DAC Beachcroft is to relocate its Bristol staff to a new state-of-the-art workspace known as Welcome Building. The firm, which is recognised as one of the largest legal sector employers in the South West, with over 800 lawyers and staff, plans to move from its current location in Portwall Place to the innovative building near Temple Meads station.

In a joint venture between EPISO 5, managed by Tristan Capital Partners, and Trammell Crow Company, Welcome Building is currently under development in Bristol’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. This modern workspace is expected to be completed in the second quarter of 2024, and DAC Beachcroft has already secured 44,196 square feet of space on levels six and seven.

Toby Pentecost, senior vice president and head of UK offices at Trammell Crow Company, said: “Having recently celebrated the topping out of the site, we are incredibly proud to be able to announce the arrival of DAC Beachcroft. This is a great result underlining the amazing space and amenities Welcome Building has to offer. With sustainability and wellbeing at the very heart of the project, we are in discussions with several other occupiers as we head towards completion.”

James Brodie, managing director, at Tristan Capital Partners, added: “Welcome Building is an exemplar development providing high-quality ESG certified workspace set within a thriving part of Bristol city centre. Companies are continuing the flight to quality seeking premises which combine best-in-class workspace, modern amenities, ESG credentials and a great location, all of which Welcome Building offers.”

Ben Daniels, Bristol location head at DAC Beachcroft, emphasized the significance of the move. He noted that a quality work environment that promotes flexible working and collaboration is crucial in today’s professional landscape. Daniels believes that this relocation will provide such an environment for their staff, enhancing their productivity and wellbeing.

The 207,000 sq ft landmark in the city centre has been designed by Darling Associates Architects. Ranging from 22,000 sq ft to 30,000 sq ft, Welcome Building offers the largest available floorplates in the city. All floors are open and reconfigurable to suit the changing patterns of working life, including group collaboration or places for individual focus.
Welcome Building emphasizes sustainability. It is set to be an all-electric workspace, equipped with solar panels, and is targeting net zero carbon operation. Furthermore, the building will be connected to the Bristol Heat Network, utilizing a zero-carbon water source heat pump.

On the ground floor, a unique street will host events with an open café bar and specially commissioned public art, to foster a collaborative business community.

It aims to set new standards for occupier wellbeing as the first Bristol office development to target Well Platinum Certification, alongside BREEAM Outstanding and Five at Heart Platinum. Consideration will be given to everything from biodiversity to the enhanced end of trip facilities for cyclists and runners.

It is not just about sustainability, but also about creating a local community. It features facilities for cyclists and runners, facilitating an active lifestyle for the occupants, and aims to foster a sense of community among those who work there.

Tristan Capital Partners and Trammell Crow Company are proud of the Welcome Building’s development. As the project nears completion, they are in discussions with several other potential occupiers to fill the remaining spaces. Alder King and Knight Frank are the leasing agents for the Welcome Building.

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