MoD Abbeywood - Bristol


Home of the MoD Procurement Executive, Abbeywood underwent a comprehensive masterplanning exercise before any development took place on the greenfield site in Bristol. Our brief was to accommodate almost 100,000 square metres of office accommodation for 6000 staff on a 40-hectare site.

To create an office campus car parking was located at the fringes of the site and the buildings were set in a woodland framework with interconnecting avenues of trees, some over half a kilometre in length. The woodland provided a back drop for an extensive collection of semi-mature trees. In addition we incorporated a network of water features and SUDs into the masterplan. The attenuation lake, over two-hectares in area, also provides security for the campus.

The scheme focused around a series of linked public open spaces, hard paved areas, plazas and parkland, as well as smaller private spaces for individual offices or neighbourhoods.

Key Features

  • Office campus in a woodland setting
  • Extensive SUDs system
  • Improved biodiversity
  • New station and rail link into Bristol
  • MIPIM Office Building of the Year
  • Green Office Development of the Year