As part of the firm’s plans to consolidate staff into one modern business centre, over 2,500 of Airbus’ 4,000 customer support, engineering, design and other employees will be relocated to the Executive Offices in BS34.
Located to the north of Bristol, close to junction 17 of the M5, Filton airport has helped to support a thriving aviation industry since the WWI. The Bristol office rental development is to be named Airbus Aerospace Business Park and will provide over 250,000 sq ft of new office space to let in BS34.
Mark Barclay, senior vice president of the Airbus Wings and Pylons Centre of Excellence, said at the turf cutting ceremony "Filton is a centre of excellence for aviation with a proud history going back over a century and this investment will help ensure that the UK stays at the forefront of design and engineering in the decades to come.”
Pegasus House is a Grade II listed office building, which is symbolic of this long aeronautical history. Miller Construction will refurbish the property that was originally built for the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1936. Once the renovations are completed, Airbus will use the Bristol office property as a conference centre. The development will also breathe new life into the mid-18th Century Old Filton House.
However, the largest components of the Bristol office scheme will the new 4-storey Bristol business centre to accommodate 2,500 staff.
The Local MP, Jack Lopresti said "The new Airbus Business Park will secure thousands of jobs locally and is a fitting recognition to the home of British aviation and the centre of excellence that we have in Filton.”
Work is scheduled for completion in late 2013, offering facilities for up to 600 cyclists and 900 car parking spaces. In addition, Patchway and Bristol Parkway train stations are both nearby.