Bristol is set to take an architectural cue from New York, if plans for a new office building in the city centre are approved.
Developers London & County want to build a showpiece 88,000 sq ft, nine-storey building on Victoria Street that will look similar to the Big Apple’s iconic Flatiron Building.
The London-based developer acquired the site, now occupied by a smaller 1970s office building, in 2004 for £6.65m. Planning permission was received three years ago.
The firm has worked with the Bristol City Council and the Redcliffe Futures conservation group to come up with a design which it described as “both striking and in keeping with the area whilst being a practical space for modern business”.
London & County director Simon Blair told the launch event for the scheme, which was attended by 20 of the city’s leading office agents: “Victoria Central will be one of the most iconic office buildings in Bristol.
“At present there is a lack of supply of grade A space in the city centre and a limited development pipeline.
“A combination of this and our optimism that the market will begin to improve over the next 12 to 18 months has given us the confidence to announce the building to the market in order to capitalise on some of the speculative enquiries which will begin to come through.”
Property agents are already marketing it as ideal for a company headquarters. They say it will be a prestigious address for a major business’s headquarters, while its ground floor will be a magnet for retail occupiers and restaurants.