A plan for a “state-of-the-art” office campus on swathes of the Somerset green belt

A massive new “state-of-the-art” office complex – complete with a 3,000-seat auditorium – could be built on vast swathes of green belt land on the edge of North Somerset. US healthcare software company Epic wants to build a new campus for 350 staff on a 90-acre site east of Long Ashton.

The site is located within the green belt between the A370 and A4174 and is currently used for agricultural purposes. The scheme – now submitted to North Somerset Council – will see three “low-rise” office buildings built alongside a “culinary” building, a training center and a 3,000-seat auditorium.

The buildings will be connected to each other through tunnels and bridges, and there will also be underground parking. The site will also contain a solar photovoltaic field.

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New access to the site will be created, existing footpaths improved and new ones created. The site will also be landscaped and include indoor and outdoor public artwork.

Roads in the project will be “pedestrian and bicycle” friendly and an employee shuttle will operate. The new offices will be arranged around a central garden or courtyard, allowing them to enjoy views across Long Ashton.

The campus grounds will be open to the public and the development will be known as Epic Long Ashton. The office park will house 350 staff based in the south west with the company saying the site’s proximity to Bristol Airport was an “influencing factor” in choosing Long Ashton as a location.

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