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Summer on the Quay Bristol Temple Quay

Fun and games for Bristol’s Temple Quay workers

Temple Quay’s commercial district is enjoying a fresh perk of office life.

A new outdoor area, ‘Summer on the Quay’, has been created next to the river Avon with seating, flower benches and a cruise liner-inspired games deck to serve workers and visitors alike through the summer months.

The creators of Summer on the Quay, Redcliffe & Temple Business Improvement District (BID) and Chippenham-based City Dressing, expect the makeover to: “offer the perfect spot for a catch up with colleagues, to enjoy a lunch break away from the office or meet friends after work, in a calm, beautiful setting. Office workers can take a break from their busy day or extend their time in the city into the evening soaking up the late afternoon sun.”

Divided into an upper and lower area on Glass Wharf, this new installation near Temple Meads railway station features casual meeting spaces overlooking the quay, and outdoor games offering a lunchtime breather away from the desk.

Summer on the quay Bristol

Summer on the quay Bristol

In keeping with the aesthetics of the river, the lower area of Glass Quay has been transformed into the deck of a liner with giant shuffle boards and quoits, ladder golf and corn hole games, available noon-6pm on dry weekdays.

Four decorated flower benches in Temple Back East and Rivergate have been inspired by local good causes – TAP for Bristol for homelessness, Grassroot Communities for young people, Avon Wildlife Trust and Changes Bristol for mental health.

Steve Bluff, head of Redcliffe & Temple BID, said: “‘Summer on the Quay’ will be another reason people choose to work from their office, offering an additional outdoor space for face-to-face catch ups with their team. Throughout the working day and into the evening, people can use this area for team bonding over a game of shuffleboard, to hold a meeting ‘al fresco’ or eat lunch with colleagues, making more of the city across the summer months.”

To reduce carbon footprint, all materials used across the installation are upcycled or recycled.

Jeremy Rucker, director at City Dressing said: “This area in Glass Wharf will be the first multi-functional outdoor seating installation in this part of Bristol. Built as a place to meet, gather and play it will make the whole experience of coming back to the office so much more fun. It will be a real asset to the area that also compliments the existing architecture.”

Kerry Clorley, building manager at HM Revenue & Customs, one of the organisations in the area, added: “It’s an extremely beautiful area for staff to relax by the waterside. If you’re very lucky you might even spot the Belmond British pullman luxury train.”