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Avonmouth and Severnside Enterprise Area

Avonmouth is at the centre of Bristol’s industrial, warehousing, energy generation and recycling, and new value-adding ‘circular economy’ activities.

Despite its strategic location next to the Port of Bristol, the area had been under-used for a number of years. To put that right, the Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area (ASEA) was created in 2013 to support a 25-year growth strategy and open up potential for development. The ASEA has since received around £140 million of public investment – from local authorities, the Environment Agency and the Highways Agency – to improve flood defences, create a new wetland habitat area for eco-mitigation, provide a new junction direct to the M49, improve public transport and install full fibre broadband. There is also a proposal seeking funding to create a skills academy with a focus on the area’s growing industrial sectors.

Such schemes will improve both Avonmouth’s long-term climate resilience and its accessibility, opening up the potential of 60 hectares of brown- and greenfield sites for strategic development, and connect employers in the area to local communities, providing new jobs and opportunities to re-skill.

  • Fifty per cent of the jobs in the area are in transport, storage and wholesale activity
  • Of Bristol’s transport and storage jobs, 45.8% are in the Avonmouth area
  • ASEA will provide a £358 million boost to the city economy
  • Located close to A4/M49/M4/M5 connections to Bristol, South West and Wales

What it means for Bristol

The communities of Avonmouth and Lawrence Weston ward reflect the long history of industrial and port-related activities in the area. While Avonmouth Severnside has seen many new jobs created – mainly in logistics, energy and waste – over the past decade. There is scope to further integrate these communities to access those jobs that are  on a ‘24/7’ shift basis, and spread across the extensive industrial area.

The development of Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area offers opportunities to attract new and better jobs, especially in advanced manufacturing and connected to the expansion of the Port, which are balanced by new green infrastructure. In the adjacent residential communities, more housing is being provided and community facilities and local retail centres are being improved. Crucially, all of these will be delivered in a way that builds in climate resilience and carbon neutrality, as well as offering wider social value.

Severnside aerial view

Our values

All development activity that we pursue is shaped by our core values which have been developed over recent years with a whole-city approach.  Sustainability and inclusion are our priorities, and we welcome interest in our city from investors who share these values.  We are very keen to hear about how your organisation might contribute to the growth of our city in a way that supports our values, and we are always interested to hear new ideas.

Companies and investors, both local and incoming, increasingly cite our values as the reason they are based, or are active, in the city.  The improving quality of life derived from our values-led approach is often cited as a bonus for retention and recruitment of staff.

 

 

Balloon fiesta over Bristol

Key opportunities

A successful strategy for Avonmouth will fully exploit its unique combination of location, port access and local expertise in the logistics, advanced engineering, energy and circular economy sectors. The vision for the future sustainable economic development of Avonmouth is premised on promotion of a “circular economy”. Bristol’s One City Plan to 2050 has identified Avonmouth as a zero waste ‘Circular Economy Zone’. Opportunities include:

  • The development of extensive areas of brown and greenfield sites to support the growth of key sectors including higher value manufacturing, assembly and engineering to build on existing strengths in north Bristol, including aerospace, electric vehicles, batteries, offshore wind, wave and tidal turbines and modular housing, as well as processing activities related to import/export via the Port.
  • Improvements to road, rail and cycle networks and public transport – making the area more accessible for the local and regional workforce
  • Infrastructure improvements and intensification of industrial estates supporting SMEs towards zero carbon, zero waste and clean air, and served by full fibre broadband and 5G networks
  • Investment in adult skills, employment pathways and SME workforce development, including a new skills academy in the area with a focus on logistics, green manufacturing/engineering, energy efficiency, renewable energy and ‘circular economy’ technologies

How does this translate into investment opportunities?

At the moment many of our projects are at inception or development phase and we invite general interest in the areas of opportunity and challenge set out above.

Circular Economy Technologies Centre

A project is being scoped to establish a Circular Economy Technologies Centre linking to the waste management majors at Avonmouth and incubation and innovation support from Bristol and Bath universities. The Council invites enquiries from inward investors and developers with an interest in this emerging field.

Green and Brownfield sites for industrial development

A range of sites are coming forward, with public, private and combined ownerships.  We are seeking investment partners who share our vision of a Circular Economy Zone and who understand the need to develop these sites in a way that meets the physical challenges whilst maximising outcomes.

 

timeline

2021-25

Flood defences and wetland habitat created

New junction to M49 Full fibre broadband Skills Academy open
2030

Rail link

Avonmouth Severnside rail link and cycling routes open.
2040

Enterprise area

Enterprise area fully developed.

Contact the team

Jack Allan

Economic Development Officer

Claire Blackwood

Marketing Manager

Or send us an enquiry