A guide to office space in Bristol

Bristol, built around the River Avon, is the eighth largest city in the UK.

The city’s economy is dominated by the creative media, electronics, aerospace, IT, tourism, financial services and defence industries.

It's also one of the largest centres of employment, education and culture in the region, with two universities and a number of independent schools and colleges, as well as theatre companies, art galleries and museums.

The location

Bristol can be separated into the Central area, where the majority of businesses are based, and surrounding neighbourhoods like Avonmouth, Clifton, Bedminster and Stoke Bishop

The city is divided into 35 local government wards.

Neighbouring areas - price comparisons, per person per month

The prices given below are the minimum to maximum average cost for serviced offices, per person per month, derived from our Sales Team's knowledge.
Area Indicative price range
Bristol £300 – 400
Clifton £200 – 300
Temple Meads £300 – 400
Aztec West £250 – 350


Temple Meads Station, Bristol

Looking for an office in Bristol

The office market is quite consistent in Bristol and there are options available in a number of different office centres, depending on your needs. 

Top priorities for clients are usually location, budget and the quality of the building.

Our specialist local consultant, James Bocking, recommends the area around Temple Meads train station for businesses looking to move to Bristol. 

There are high quality options a short walk away in the town centre, where you can find shops, food and bars.

Costs

Typical prices for serviced office space are around £300 - £400 per month, per person, depending on location and amenities. 

This can include internet, meeting rooms, parking, kitchen facilities, lounge, AV equipment and reception services.

Office sizes

Four-person work spaces tend to be the most common requested office size in Bristol, driven by the abundance of start-ups in the creative and electronics fields. 

Coworking options are also widely available.

Instant Offices offer a wide variety of office solutions across a range of sizes, and are able to accommodate most business enquiries, from one person to 100 or more, depending on requirements. 


Five things you probably didn't know about Bristol:

  • Bristol was the winner of the 2015 European Green Capital and is the only UK city to have scooped the award since its inception in 2010
  • Ribena, the popular soft drink, was invented in Bristol at the National Fruit & Cider Institute in Long Ashton
  • Bristol is home to the Bristol Pound, the most successful local currency in the UK. More than 700 businesses in the city accept the currency
  • The city is located just 120 miles west of London
  • Over a third of the UK-owned FTSE 100 companies have a strong office presence in Bristol and the surrounding area

Why choose Bristol?

Basing your company in Bristol will allow you access to the business market in the South West region of the UK, as it's the most populous city in this area. 

Bristol also has good train links to London and The Midlands. 

With a strong economy and a number of growing specialist sectors – as well as a vibrant cultural scene – Bristol is a great place to live and work.

Bristol

A closer look at Bristol

These are the most popular areas in which to rent office space:

Temple Meads

  • Temple Meads is ideally located right by the train station, which has links into London, Cardiff, Southampton and Portsmouth, as well as other long-distance services
  • As a result, a number of companies with employees who need to travel frequently for business look for office space in this area
  • The Temple Quay business district is a stone’s throw away, and offers wonderful views of the historic floating harbour

Broadmead

  • Known as Bristol’s shopping district, Broadmead is also a thriving business community, home to a number of offices, restaurants, leisure facilities and hotels
  • Cabot Circus, a retail development, can also be found here, along with the historic Quakers Friars building, The Galleries Shopping Centre, and St James Shopping Arcade
  • Transport links are within easy walking distance

Clifton

  • In the west of Bristol, Clifton is a mixed residential and commercial area
  • A number of people who live here desire office space close by, making Clifton a popular choice for businesses
  • One of the oldest and wealthiest parts of the city, Clifton can be accessed via bus, rail and road
  • This peaceful area is also home to Clifton Downs, the Clifton Suspension Bridge and Bristol Zoo

Aztec West

  • Aztec West is a business park a few miles north of the city centre, near the junction of the M4 and M5 motorways
  • The main rail station is also a short drive away, as is Bristol Airport
  • The business park itself has a number of retail stores, wine bars, warehouse and factory units, office villages, banks and the Aztec Hotel
  • Aztec West is the ideal location for any company requiring immediate motorway access
  • Plenty of parking available

For more information on the current state of the UK serviced office market check out our UK Flexible Workspace Review 2016.

Want to find out more?

If you’re looking to move into the area, or simply require more information, contact Instant Offices' specialist local consultants.

Email our team or call us and we'll be delighted to help you.


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