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.