National broadcaster Channel 4 has confirmed Finzels Reach in Bristol as the base of one of its two creative hubs.
Channel 4 will lease 290sq m of space on the second floor of the Fermentation Buildings, Finzels Reach, Bristol’s new waterfront quarter being developed by Cubex.
The decision to pick the city as one of two creative hubs – the other being Glasgow – was made on 31 October. In July, Leeds had already been confirmed as the station’s regional head quarter’s, where it is in talks with Rushbond to move to the historic Majestic building.
Jonathan Allan, Channel 4’s chief commercial officer said: “We looked at a number of different sites in Bristol, but the fermentation buildings stood out for us as offering both a great location at the heart of the city in reach of transport links, and an historic industrial building with superb facilities on hand for our staff. We’re on track and incredibly excited to be opening our creative hub in the city this autumn.”
Finzels Reach is a new community being created in the heart of the city by developer Cubex with funding from Palmer Capital. It features new homes, workspace, a hotel and leisure space, transforming an area that had been previously closed off to the public for over 200 years. Around 2,500 people will be living and working at Finzels Reach by the end of the year.
A £175m mixed-use development scheme is planned for the landmark site of the Soapworks in Bristol that will include new homes and an apart-hotel.