Helping local businesses take off
The Food Works SW
|Client||North Somerset Council|
|Awards||Winner of Large Commercial Building at the LABC Building Excellence Awards 2021|
A brief history
North Somerset Council wanted a state-of-the-art facility to create a focal point and regional centre of excellence for food and drink businesses across the South West. A former airfield was chosen as the site for the new Food Enterprise Zone in North Somerset, just 10 minutes from the M5.
The vision was for a dynamic food and drink innovation centre offering food-grade business units, product development facilities and a business engagement centre to help local business grow. The Food Enterprise Support Scheme is a West of England Combined Authority initiative, delivered in partnership with the Food & Drink Forum as operators of the Food Works SW to support businesses across the region.
Delivering the design
The Innovation Centre comprises eight 1000 sq/ft and four 1500 sq/ft purpose built affordable and flexible food-grade business units to lease plus four product development rooms and a fully equipped trial kitchen to enable businesses of any size to scale up production, introduce new lines, produce short runs and pilot improvements.
The design includes an Engagement Centre used for meetings, events and marketing, together with a range of incubation and starter units, all designed to BRC Food Grade 7, for product development and small manufacturers looking to scale up their production.
The Engagement Centre and café allow businesses and individuals to share ideas and to network. The Business Units at the Food Works SW provide modern and cost-effective food-grade premises which conform to the highest standards and meet the latest environmental health legislation.
Looking to the future
The current pandemic has highlighted the importance of food production and the centre is ideally placed to help the region to respond to the impact of the coronavirus, offering food-grade business units, development kitchens and technical support.
FoodWorks SW is designed to be a ‘one stop shop’ so that businesses can draw on support and expertise at a local, regional and national level.