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One of Bristol’s hottest new business locations draws “unprecedented interest”

Agents say that potential purchasers are lining up to express interest in the ground floor of Southville’s newest office location: The Cigar Factory in Raleigh Road.

Work is almost complete on the mixed-use conversion of the 100-year old landmark building which is creating 19 apartments and a separate ground floor office unit offering 4,700 sq ft (437 sq m) of character office space ready for fitting out.

“This part of Bristol has really taken off in recent years,” says the agent for the scheme, Andrew Hardwick of Williams Gunter Hardwick, “but until now most of the news has been about the residential, retail and leisure sectors.

“But we are now seeing an unprecedented level of interest from commercial occupiers for a location which is away from the city’s traditional business centres. It’s very much part of the growing trend for people wanting to work close to where they live.

“Being a stone’s throw from The Tobacco Factory and North Street puts it right in the heart of one of the city’s trendiest locations, and we’ve spoken to a long list of businesses keen to be part of the Southville scene. There’s so much going on locally – with major new developments underway at Ashton Gate and the Brewery site, and the opening of the new Metrobus route connecting this part of Bristol to the rest of the city.”

The Cigar Factory is within easy reach of the city centre and the Harbourside by foot or bike, and with ready access to the South Bristol Link Road, Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Airport.

Concludes Mr Hardwick, “The Cigar Factory also offers the huge appeal of being left as a shell for a purchaser to configure it for their specific requirements and put their own decorative stamp on it. Again, virtually every company now wants to fit out their premises to reflect their image as well as make it an attractive place to work.”

Potential purchasers will need to move quickly as the space is to be sold by informal tender in the next few weeks.

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