Celebrating 7 years of Boxworks at Engine Shed

Boxworks, the iconic shipping containers workspace at Engine Shed, closed its doors this January after seven years in operation.

Launched in 2016 as a ground-breaking new workspace for local creative, digital and high-tech industries, Boxworks originally got permission to use the site for up to two and a half years as part of the strategic vision for the regeneration of the Enterprise Zone in Bristol.

With Network Rail now redeveloping the site to the west of Brunel’s Passenger Yard as part of the Temple Meads station upgrade, it will move to a new home in Bristol this Spring.

Boxworks was the brainchild of Gavin Eddy, CEO of Forward, and Nick Sturge, then Director at Engine Shed. Forward led on the design, build and operations, and Engine Shed funded the installation and provided its tenants with access to its Members’ Lounge and wider facilities.

Boxworks has been home to several SETsquared Bristol companies, including One Big Circle and Neuronostics. Most recently, Engine Shed has welcomed five new Boxworks residents to our coworking and office spaces: Bohr, Ceryx Medical, Grapevine Ads, Qontrol and Tonic Architecture.

Gavin Eddy, CEO of Forward, said: “Boxworks has been a huge success and has contributed significantly to the start-up and grow-on business landscape in Bristol. It has been home to 80 tenants in total, and we wish them every success in the future.”

Nick Sturge said: “Boxworks filled our need for more space exactly when we needed it, and it was great working apace with Gavin on this. Diversifying the overall Engine Shed offer and giving significantly greater visibility turbo-charged the profile and impact that Engine Shed had on the communities it served.”


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