Boxworks is coming to Brabazon. Forward® confirm move of iconic business spaces from Bristol Temple Meads to Brabazon.

6th February 2024

Innovative workspace provider, Forward® has confirmed it is moving Boxworks – Bristol’s original shipping container workspace – from Bristol Temple Meads to Brabazon.

Boxworks provides flexible studio space for start-ups and small businesses. For the last 7 years, these eye-catching containers have been based at Bristol Temple Meads, providing a launchpad for over 80 local firms, from architects to lawyers, technology firms to charities, creative studios and product designers.

Representatives from YTL Developments, Boxworks and Aerospace Bristol standing besides the Boxworks workspaces at Brabazon

Boxworks previous home was always part of an ongoing ‘meanwhile use’ pending the redevelopment of Bristol Temple Meads station, which is now well underway. Forward is delighted that Brabazon will be the new home of Boxworks and will ensure the workspace continues to help to nurture the next generation of new business talent.

Brabazon is the new neighbourhood being built by YTL Developments on the former Filton Airfield, in the heart of North Bristol’s world-leading aviation, aerospace and technology cluster. Approximately 48,000 people already work in high-value manufacturing, life science and technology businesses within 2 miles of Brabazon. The arrival of Boxworks brings a valuable new incubator space to this ecosystem.

To date, approximately 150 new homes have been completed and occupied at Brabazon. A further 250 are currently under construction. YTL Developments also have detailed planning permission for a new local community hub in the historic aircraft hangar 16U, 1,514 beds of student accommodation, 239 homes designed for later living and the supersonic new 19,000-capacity YTL Arena Bristol.

Black, numbered Boxworks shipping containers with the doors open

In addition, YTL Developments have consent for Brabazon Park: a reimaging of Britain’s tradition of Victorian public parks and the largest new urban public space in the South West for over 50 years. And over £100million is being invested in local transport, including a new railway station that will connect to Bristol Temple Meads in less than 15 minutes.

The arrival of Boxworks marks the next step in developing a sustainable new neighbourhood, where every daily essential – from where you might work, shop, study or relax, is just a short walk or cycle away.

The 20 private studios at Boxworks measure 28sqm and are suitable for up to 6 to 8 people each. They are super-insulated to be energy efficient; cool in summer, warm in winter and quiet all year round. Heating, lighting, parking, cleaning and broadband are all included and units can be provided furnished or unfurnished.

Members of Boxworks at Brabazon will also have access to additional facilities at Aerospace Bristol. As well as being a popular visitor attraction that explores the history of aerospace in the local area, the museum has a café, shop, and a range of meeting and event spaces.

Male and female working together on a laptop in a industrial office space

Boxworks at Brabazon is expected to open to new occupiers in Q2 2024. For more information about available spaces and rates, please contact

Seb Loyn, Planning & Development Director at YTL Developments said:

"Brabazon is designed to be the new home for Bristol’s next generation of pioneers. We want to live up to the legacy of Concorde and the former Airfield’s incredible record for innovation.

"Boxwork’s flexible and affordable work space for growing companies will provide a vital missing link in North Bristol’s business ecosystem."

Gavin Eddy, Founder & CEO at Forward® said:

"We are really excited to be relocating Boxworks to Brabazon.

"Boxworks sets the standard for innovative workspaces at Temple Meads, and by partnering with YTL Developments on the most ambitious and exciting development in Bristol, this move offers a long-term opportunity to create and nurture a new cluster of equally ambitious and exciting businesses at Brabazon."

Sally Cordwell, CEO of Aerospace Bristol, said:

“As a museum and charity that celebrates innovation, connects local communities, and aims to inspire future generations, Aerospace Bristol is pleased to support Boxworks at Brabazon.

"We look forward to welcoming Boxworks' members and their guests for delicious meals and coffees in the café, meetings and events in our first-class spaces, and fascinating museum visits."

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