With space for up to 230 people across 20,270 sq ft of space, the new CARGO Work building will be set within the stone walls of the disused J S Fry warehouse, which were formerly part of the old Bristol Gaol. Wapping Wharf is already home to independent shops, restaurants, cafes and lifestyle businesses on Bristol’s harbourside, with this established and growing neighbourhood widely recognised for its eclectic food scene.
CARGO Work will reflect its industrial dockside setting with its design in keeping with CARGO, the highly popular shipping container concept that houses many of the independent businesses at Wapping Wharf. Sustainably clad in upcycled shipping container components, CARGO Work will feature a glazed courtyard canopy, balconies and terraces to all floors with views across southern Bristol.
Preparatory works have already taken place on site with main construction works on the shell and core of the building now underway. The creation of the steel frame will follow in September.
Stuart Hatton, managing director at , the developer of Wapping Wharf, including CARGO Work, said: “We are thrilled that works are now progressing on CARGO Work, a completely unique concept that will create a stand-out working environment like no other, right in the heart of a thriving neighbourhood on Bristol’s famous Floating Harbour. With its balconies and terraces offering impressive views and a modern, versatile working environment, CARGO Work has plenty to offer employers looking to prioritise well-being and flexibility by providing an attractive, inspiring, one-of-a-kind workspace. We are very excited about embarking on this exciting next chapter in the story of Wapping Wharf.”
CARGO Work has been designed to be highly sustainable and low in energy use. Brise soleils prevent heat gain inside the building and photovoltaic roof panels take advantage of the building’s sunny position to create solar energy. It will include 47 secure bicycle racks and 7 parking spaces, as well as EV charging provision.
The organisation or organisations which take the space at CARGO Work 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.
and are the joint agents marketing CARGO Work. CARGO Work is designed by the award-winning architects behind phase one and two of Wapping Wharf, , and is being constructed by award-winning and specialist contractor .
Damian Lambourn of Lambourn Commercial said: “What we are hearing from the market is that larger organisations are struggling to find unique, creative workspace that will support their strategy to attract and retain the best talent. CARGO Work will help meet this gap, providing 20,270 sq ft of cutting-edge offices to companies looking for a new home for 100 to around 230 employees.”
Andrew Hardwick, partner, commercial, Carter Jonas, said: “CARGO Work has already generated a huge amount of interest. Wapping Wharf has been an enormous placemaking success, so it is no surprise that people want to work as well as spend their leisure time in this wonderful waterfront neighbourhood. CARGO Work combines a unique design with a high quality, contemporary working environment, offering something very special for occupiers.”
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.
Wapping Wharf is one of Bristol’s most exciting new neighbourhoods, with around 450 homes set alongside independent businesses, which have put the quarter on the map as one of the city’s go-to food destinations.