Bristol City Council’s planning committee have unanimously agreed to push forward the plans from developer, Skanska, for Bristol’s derelict George and Railway pub to become Engine Shed 2.
The pub has remained unoccupied since the 1980s and the Engine Shed team are now looking forward to making the building part of their inclusive economic growth development.
Since its launch in December 2013, Engine Shed has created over 700 jobs and delivered more than £8 million GVA to the Bristol and Bath economic region.
The organisation, hosts business incubation (SETsquared), apprenticeship provision (Boomsatsuma), city development projects (BIO), networks and collaborations (GW4, TechSpark, BusinessWest) and have previously hosted the LEP, WebStart, JustEat, SomoGlobal, GamesBoosters, WECA, Social Enterprise Works and School for Social Entrepreneurs.
Engine Shed 2 will accelerate and increase development of long-term, sustainable and inclusive economic growth in Bristol and the surrounding economic area.
They are looking to bring new projects into the community and generate increased operating surplus to fund its outreach projects.
The new space will also provide much needed extra accommodation for SETsquared Bristol and other sector hubs reusing an established city building without pressing on the need for new build.
Commenting on this decision, Engine Shed Director, Nick Sturge said: “I am thrilled that the Planning Committee has seen the opportunity that Engine Shed 2 presents in a second iconic Bristol heritage site.
“Following on from the success of Engine Shed, and our proven custodianship of a listed building, we are now able to build on our inclusive economic growth plan that serves communities in Bristol and Bath. These are indeed exciting times.”