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Graphic of new Brabazon complex
Image credit: YTL

The presence of Airbus, Rolls-Royce, and GKN have sealed Filton’s status as a business hub for various sectors. With 100 hectares of opportunity, this Enterprise Area’s potential is enormous.

Filton Enterprise Area

Sector expertise

The Filton Enterprise Area offers expertise and support in the following areas:

  • Advanced engineering
  • Aerospace design, research, and manufacture
  • Technology
  • Advanced manufacturing
  • Digital, information technology, and superfast broadband innovation
  • Defence
  • Microelectronics research and design
  • Emerging material technologies (supported by the National Composite Centre and Bristol and Bath Science Park)
Airbus wind tunnel Image credit: Airbus

Developments in the Filton Enterprise Area

Business developments in the Enterprise Area include:

YTL Brabazon

YTL Developments is delivering a £2-billion project and the largest development in Bristol’s history with Brabazon, a new mixed-use neighbourhood. Located at the birthplace of Concorde, Brabazon will be a 380-acre commercial, residential, and leisure project, with development work occurring over a 15-year period.

YTL’s first phase is to deliver 2,600 homes. A later phase will create 1.2 million square feet of commercial space – offering city centre-quality accommodation in a ‘green’ environment. The development will cater to occupiers’ preferences in terms of design and will be a sustainable site, meeting net zero requirements. A planning application for a new music and entertainment arena in the Brabazon Hangar district has also been submitted – this site would be the third-largest arena in the UK. Other developments here include Horizon38 and Filton20.

Brabazon will be well-connected, with a new train station opening in 2023. Journeys to Bristol Temple Meads station will take just 12 minutes. MetroBus services will pass through the site, and cycleways and pedestrian routes will be built. Brabazon will also be close to the M4 and M5 motorways.

Graphic of new Brabazon complex Image credit: YTL
Graphic of new Brabazon complex Image credit: YTL

GKN Global Technology Centre

This facility provides a 10,000m² open-access research & development (R&D) centre in Filton. It is one of only four Global Technology Centres globally. This centre is a joint investment made by the UK Government and GKN Aerospace through the Aerospace Technology Institute. Support is available here for start-ups and SMEs to learn from the centre’s ecosystem of universities, government and research organisations, catapults, and industrial partners.

AFP Robot arm Image credit: GKN