Engine Shed is a collaboration between Bristol City Council, the University of Bristol and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. It is an enterprise hub providing workspace for a range of high-tech, creative and low carbon businesses, including Bristol SETsquared, the University of Bristol’s award-winning high-tech business incubator.
It is also home to the West of England’s inward investment service, Invest Bristol and Bath, and the head office of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership. DigiCity Bristol, a membership-only business lounge, Brunel’s Boardroom meeting suite and a public innovation showcase make up the other components of Engine Shed.
Set in Brunel’s original train station, a Grade I listed building built in 1841 and since given a £1.7 million transformation, Engine Shed aims to drive inward investment, create jobs and encourage a new generation of high growth businesses. Its prime location next to Bristol Temple Meads makes it one of the world’s most connected enterprise hubs, and experts predict it will generate 5,000 high-value jobs in the next 15 years.
Due to its immense success, Engine Shed is expanding:
- Boxworks: a meanwhile use development made up of twenty re-purposed shipping containers, which opened in December 2015
- Engine Shed 2: this development will scale up the original’s offering and provide follow-on space for rapidly growing companies