Key construction milestone reached on Bristol’s Cargo Work building

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A key construction milestone has been reached on Cargo Work, a stand-out Grade A workspace at Bristol’s Wapping Wharf, with a new flythrough film offering a sneak peek of how it could look.

With space for up to 230 people across 20,270 sq ft of cutting-edge office space, the striking new Cargo Work building is being created within the stone walls of the disused J S Fry warehouse, which were formerly part of the old Bristol Gaol.

The steel frame is now complete and installation of the concrete floor slabs underway, with completion expected in the coming weeks, according to the developers.

The work is paving the way for the creation of stylish, contemporary, open-plan offices which will include a glazed courtyard canopy, balconies and terraces to all floors with views across southern Bristol.

Cargo Work is suited to one organisation or a small number of organisations which will have the opportunity to work with the developer to fit out and finish according to their own creative vision, resulting in a bespoke, tailored working environment.

Clad in upcycled shipping container components, giving it an industrial dockside feel, Cargo Work has been designed to be highly sustainable and low in energy use.

To give potential occupiers an idea of how Cargo Work could look, developer Umberslade has released a new flythrough film, which can be viewed at

Wapping Wharf is already home to an array of independent shops, restaurants, cafes and lifestyle businesses on Bristol’s iconic harbourside, with this established and growing neighbourhood widely recognised for its eclectic food scene.

Stuart Hatton, managing director at Umberslade, the developer of Wapping Wharf, including Cargo Work, said: “It’s very exciting to see Cargo Work taking shape at Wapping Wharf right in the heart of the city.

“This significant office project will create stand-out workspace like no other, with the opportunity for its future occupier or occupiers to make their own unique mark on it.

“We hope the flythrough video will provide plenty of inspiration for a creative fit-out as well as offering a glimpse of what this striking, cutting-edge and sustainable building will look like once complete.”

The creation of Cargo Work will represent the return of this long-derelict former warehouse site to commercial use. Set on the corner of Wapping Road and Cumberland Road, near the Louisiana Pub, the site has stood empty for many years.

Brise soleils prevent heat gain inside Cargo Work and photovoltaic roof panels take advantage of the building’s sunny position to create solar energy.

It will include 47 secure bicycle racks and seven parking spaces, as well as EV charging provision.

Lambourn Commercial and Carter Jonas are the joint agents marketing Cargo Work, which was designed by the award-winning architects behind phases one and two of Wapping Wharf, Alec French Architects, and is being constructed by award-winning and specialist contractor Halsall.