Channel 4 is set to move into a location overlooking the Floating Harbour and Castle Park when they open their new creative hub in Bristol.
The broadcaster is in “advanced negotiations” with developer Cubex to locate its new hub at Finzels Reach, which will also soon be getting a new brewery and brewpub from Left Handed Giant and a new restaurant from the owners of Casamia.
Channel 4 will lease 3,200 sq ft of space on the second floor of the Fermentation Buildings, with their new creative hub due to open in autumn promising to be “a base for key creative decision makers supporting Channel 4’s relationship with the production sector”.
Commissioning departments represented in the new creative hub in Bristol will include drama, factual and popular factual – as well as “creative diversity”, supporting on- and off-screen diversity.
Channel 4’s chief commercial officer Jonathan Allan 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.”
Cubex director Peter Walford added: “We are thrilled that Channel 4 has chosen Finzels Reach as the new home of its creative hub.
“This move is hugely significant for the city, far beyond the size of the hub itself, and testament to its thriving television and production industry…
“We have paid careful attention to nurturing a thriving community within this once forgotten part of the city, and it’s fantastic to see the area now coming into its own.”