The Fire Station is in Bedminster, very close to the centre of Bristol. It’s been, surprisingly, a fire station, as well as a tooling workshop and a biscuit factory. The ground floor, once a poorly designed recording studio, has played home to Jethro Tull and Damned sessions.
For the last few years The Fire Station has been run as commercial office units. In 2012 it changed hands and is now in the process of receiving new guts and a substantial internal face lift. There are nine or so units housing screen printers, graphic designers, photographers, authors and producers.
The idea is that The Fire Station is as run as a business community (not in a ‘I’ll give you work, if you give me work’ kind of way), promoting creativity and interaction and so becoming a generally nice place to work. There’s no air con or reception or sparkly toilet block. But there is a great bunch of businesses that take the time to talk to each other and create a place to work that we are all proud of. The rent is pretty reasonable too. The building is a work in progress.