BAM Construction has finally started work on the largest speculative office development currently underway in the south of England.

Developer Commercial Estate’s Group estimates that the 200,000 sq ft EQ development in the heart of Bristol City Centre will sustain over 500 construction jobs per annum during the two-year build programme.

The striking glass office building at 111 Victoria Street, close to Bristol Temple Meads Station, has been designed by architect Aukett Swanke to target a BREEAM Outstanding rating.

Designed as a Smart Tech enabled building, there will also be fewer touch points, increased air changes and air quality sensors, benefitting occupiers in a post-Covid world.

Neil Dorrington, construction director for Bristol-based BAM Construction, said: “This must be one of the most ambitious schemes ever constructed in Bristol, which is a tremendous testament to CEG.

“BAM’s early and close association with the development of it over a prolonged period means we can bring our expertise in digital construction and our sustainability credentials to bear even more so than on many other schemes.”