Following a topping out ceremony in April to mark further progress, national property and construction consultancy Wakemans reports that 3 Glass Wharf, Bristol’s premier office development, is on track for completion by the end of the year.
Wakemans is acting as employer’s agent, quantity surveyor and CDM consultant on the £30million development – one of the most important schemes of its type in the South West – on behalf of developer Salmon Harvester Properties.
3 Glass Wharf is located in the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone and will be occupied by one of the 13 teams that HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) is setting up as part of its regional centres programme.
Commanding a prime city centre location close to Temple Meads railway station, the building comprises 15,000 sq m of Category A office space across seven storeys plus a basement with secure parking for cars and cycles as well as separate showers and a locker room.
John Woodhall, executive chairman and joint managing director at Wakemans, said: “Situated adjacent to Salmon’s highly successful Glass Wharf 2 scheme, 3 Glass Wharf is another major development that reflects the changing character of Bristol’s city centre thanks to the ongoing rejuvenation of the old docks.
“The highly sustainable building is expected to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating and will provide a modern, airy working environment for HMRC’s staff.”
3 Glass Wharf is being built by Wates Construction on a brownfield site that was previously home to a glassworks and the 100-week build programme is progressing on schedule. The building’s design reflects its former use, with glass facades, floor to ceiling glazing and frameless glass balustrades affording panoramic views over the Brunel floating harbour.
A feature glass artwork designed by artist Terry Haggerty will grace the Harbour Wharf elevation of the building façade overlooking the harbour and railway.
In a major restructuring programme due to be completed in 2025, HMRC is closing a number of its offices and investing in 13 new regional centres. By choosing to base one of its teams at 3 Glass Wharf, HMRC is not only signalling its intention to improve services, but is also underlining its commitment to Bristol. Around 1,400 civil servants, relocating from across the South West, are expected to move into the building in 2019.
Having signed off one project for Travelodge in Dagenham, national property and construction consultancy Wakemans is underway with a second, new-build hotel as part of a wider regeneration initiative.
Wakemans was appointed as tenant’s agent on both schemes, which have a collective value of £10million.
Wakemans Senior Associate Director Nigel Himpson said: “Given its proximity to East and Central London and excellent road and Tube links, Dagenham is a prime location for the development of quality, low cost accommodation. We are delighted to be supporting Travelodge as it enhances its presence in this part of Outer London.”
The London Dagenham Travelodge represents a development cost of £5million. The 77-room hotel, which offers a Bar Café and on-site parking, is located close to the purpose-built London East Leisure Park, enjoys easy access from the A13 and is handy for London City Airport, Docklands and the City.
Built to the BREEAM ‘Very Good’ standard, the London Dagenham Travelodge features a ground floor reception and Bar Café serving breakfast and evening meals with rooms on the three upper floors. The development also includes a third party ground floor retail unit. The hotel has been styled in Travelodge’s new contemporary brand design, which has been created by leisure and business customers.
Wakemans is currently on site with a second new-build hotel on a brownfield site in Dagenham’s Rainham Road South. With a development value of £5million, the London Dagenham East Travelodge offers 78 rooms across four floors. It is part of a bigger scheme incorporating ground floor retail space, a drive-through coffee shop and car parking.
Situated adjacent to a new Sainsbury’s supermarket and Marston’s pub/restaurant The Pipe Major and directly opposite Dagenham East Tube station, the hotel is a welcome addition to the redevelopment zone. Formerly home to pharmaceutical company Sanofi’s manufacturing facilities, the 1.3 acre site is part of the gateway to the larger Londoneast-uk Business and Technical Park site.
Contractor Barnes Construction is currently on site and the London Dagenham East Travelodge is scheduled for completion in September 2019.
Tony O’Brien, UK Property Director for Travelodge, said: “We consider East London to be a key growth area for Travelodge, and the development of a second hotel in Dagenham, and the third in the borough of Dagenham & Barking, is testament to the area’s growing economy. The development of Travelodge Dagenham East continues our strategy of providing travellers on a budget with easy, fast connections to London whilst offering them out-of-London room prices and quality accommodation.”
Market leading cloud-based software providers for automotive logistics, Car Delivery Network (CDN), has launched a new vinDISPATCH App to support their well-established online Delivery Portal.
The App is available on Apple and Android, providing the same detailed information to dealers as the Delivery Portal website. It enables dealers to access real-time information direct from vehicle delivery drivers relating to inbounding vehicles, as well as historical information about vehicles already delivered.
According to Derric Hicks, CDN General Manager North America, CDN has been investing considerable effort in developing the product at the behest of customers.
“The vinDISPATCH Delivery Portal App now enables key people within the dealership, such as porters and lot personnel, who may not have access to a desktop computer, to be notified when vehicles are ON THE WAY. Sales Managers and Inventory Control personnel can also receive 24/7 alerts and notifications on their phones advising that a load is ON THE WAY or has just been DELIVERED,” he says. “Several OEMs are keen to provide the Delivery Portal to their dealers to facilitate a higher level of service and communication. This, together with the development of our new App is just another example of how CDN goes above and beyond for our customers!”
Derric Hicks, CDN General Manager North America