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Nord appoints Skanska to construct Bristol office development, One Portwall Square

Press release 21/10/2020 09:30 CET

Independent developer Nord announces that it has appointed Skanska as the main contractor on its new office building, One Portwall Square, in the heart of Bristol’s commercial district.

Skanska has been awarded the contract to build One Portwall Square

Construction commences on the six storey, 33,750 sq ft nett scheme which is located next to Bristol City Council’s own 100 Temple Street office, 400m from Temple Meads Station, in November, for completion late 2021.

Designed by Stirling Prize winners Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM), the scheme combines contemporary architecture with a focus on tenant amenity, wellbeing and sustainability to deliver a new model office for Bristol. In addition to a brand new landscaped public square at the front of the property, each upper floor will benefit from a generous terrace. As part of a flexible mixed mode system, opening windows throughout the building 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.

One Portwall Square is committed to outstanding sustainability, energy efficiency and connectivity and will be built to BREEAM Excellent and EPC Rating A standards. It 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.

Richard Jones, Nord founder, commented “We look forward to delivering a best in class new commercial scheme unique for Bristol. This 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.”

John Brennan, Regional Director at Skanska, said: “Since negotiations began, we have worked closely with Nord and are delighted to sign this contract so we can use our knowledge and expertise to deliver this exciting, sustainable project for them.”

Paul Monaghan, founding Director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris said, “We are delighted to have reached this key point in the delivery of One Portwall Square, which will be not only an important new building for Bristol but also AHMM’s new home in the city.”