New Bristol office development scoops prestigious RICS award

2 Glass Wharf, Salmon Harvester Properties’ brand new £40m commercial development at Temple Quay has outshone new office schemes across the South West, winning a coveted Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) award.

The accolade for best commercial development was presented to Salmon Harvester Properties and Wates Construction at the RICS Awards 2016 South West ceremony, held at the Bristol Marriott Hotel in the city centre on 18 May.

Reserved for an outstanding commercial property development, the Commercial Award was presented to 2 Glass Wharf in recognition of its innovative design and its significant contributions as a catalyst for regional economic activity.

Designed by Atkins, 2 Glass Wharf is part of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, one of the UK’s largest urban regeneration areas. Accountancy firm PwC was the first tenant to occupy the building, taking 28,275 sq ft across the top three floors. Global design and consultancy firm, Arcadis, also signed up for 16,796 sq ft in December, the largest office letting in the city last year.

Wates Construction began work on the 100,000 sq ft office building in October 2013, which provides six floors of Grade A office space with retail and restaurant accommodation on the ground floor.

Rorie Henderson, Director at Salmon Harvester Properties comments: “To receive a coveted award from the RICS, against some top quality opposition, is a great pat on the back for the entire development team. Our letting programme progresses well and with the building achieving excellent terms from AAA tenants, we may well be the first office building in Bristol to achieve a rent of £30 per sq ft.” .The development has subsequently been shortlisted alongside other projects across the UK for the RICS Awards Grand Final in London on 14 October 2016.