Aztec West

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Aztec West
Aztec West Transport.svg
Major roads and bus stops near Aztec West
Aztec West is located in Gloucestershire
Aztec West
Aztec West
Location within Gloucestershire
OS grid referenceST606828
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
CountryEngland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBRISTOL
Postcode districtBS32
Dialling code01454
PoliceAvon and Somerset
FireAvon
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
UK
England
Gloucestershire
51°32′35″N 2°34′05″W / 51.543°N 2.568°W / 51.543; -2.568Coordinates: 51°32′35″N 2°34′05″W / 51.543°N 2.568°W / 51.543; -2.568

Aztec West is a business park in South Gloucestershire, England, situated in the north of Bristol, near Bradley Stoke and Patchway. It is close to the M4 and M5 motorways and the Almondsbury Interchange. Adjacent is the A38 trunk road.

History[edit]

The park has been developed since the early 1980s, but some land is still available for future development.

The name is said to derive from 'A to Z of Technology'[1] and it was conceived as a science park — it was originally funded by the 'Electricity Supply Nominees' on the half of the Electricity Supply Industry (ESI) pension fund but in the mid-1980s was sold to Arlington Securities.[2]

Architecture[edit]

The buildings are in the high tech and postmodern styles and were designed by practices including Nicholas Grimshaw, Michael Aukett, SOM and CZWG.[3]

In 2018, selected buildings on Aztec West were listed.[4]

Companies[edit]

The Aztec Centre at Aztec West

Aztec West is home to over 100 companies, and 7,000 people work there. The Aztec Centre was opened by Margaret Thatcher on Friday 15 December 1989 and there is a plaque to commemorate this in its entrance.[5] The park includes warehouse/factory units, the four star Aztec Hotel, several office villages, a central retail area and a Starbucks connected to a bar in a hotel, the first such facility in the UK.[6] Included in the landscaping are three lakes. Nearby are the aerospace industries at Filton and the large business parks at the edge of Bradley Stoke.

Companies include Nokia, General Electric, Liverpool Victoria, HSS Hire, EE, Aardman, Imagination Technologies, Broadcom, Sondrel, Allianz, Hoare Lea, Atkins, The Co-operative Legal Services, CGI, Babcock, HSBC, Handelsbanken, Regus, Zuken, Vaillant, Virgin Media, Taylor Wimpey, SCC, SmartStream Technologies Limited and Highways England.

Transport[edit]

Aztec West is less than half a mile from the M5 Junction 16, and a mile from the Almondsbury Interchange with the M4. It is also in close proximity to the new housing project in Cribbs Causeway.

Public transport links are quite limited, although a number of bus services from the Bristol area do run on to Aztec West. The main services are:

All buses stop at the various bus stops located around the Aztec West roundabout just outside of the business park. Currently the only bus to run around the business park loop road (Park Avenue) is the 3X, although certain journeys on service 10 also serve Park Avenue.

The nearest railway station is Patchway, located about 1½ miles away. However, Bristol Parkway, which is located around 3 miles away, can be reached more easily and two bus services (10 and 73) run at frequent intervals throughout the day connecting Aztec West to the station.

Bristol Airport, south of Bristol, can be reached in about 40–45 minutes by car or bus.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brooke, Gerry (5 January 2009). "Week That Was — January 1980". Bristol Post. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  2. ^ "200 Aztec West" (PDF). CZWG. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  3. ^ Verey, David; Brooks, Alan (2002). Buildings of England: Gloucestershire, Volume 2. Yale University Press. pp. 162–164. ISBN 9780300097337.
  4. ^ Historic England - 210, 220, 240, 250, 260 and 290 Park Avenue https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1450354
  5. ^ "Aztec West Business Park". Patchway Journal. Retrieved 14 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Starbucks signs first hotel licensing deal". Caterersearch.com. Archived from the original on 20 July 2008. Retrieved 8 July 2008.

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