A gateway to enterprise for Bristol & Bath

A platform for collaboration

Engine Shed is a collaboration between Bristol City Council, the University of Bristol and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership at the heart of Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. Our vision is that the Bristol & Bath city region is a growing, inclusive and sustainable economy that benefits everyone who lives here, and is recognised internationally as innovative and dynamic.

  • We strive to achieve that vision by using our neutral space, our connections, our partners, our financial surplus and our passion to encourage and enable people, businesses and organisations to fulfil their potential and take full advantage of the rich diversity of our collective capability.
  • We do this because we have an entrepreneurial zeal, a passion for new business methods and for learning, the courage to try new things, a healthy impatience and a generosity of spirit towards economic development in the region that creates financial value which, in turn, creates social value.
  • We host a number of strategic tenants (known as components), have meeting spaces for collaboration to take place (rooms for hire and members’ business lounge), enable co-working for small enterprises to access our networks, and host and support events that connect actors in our ecosystem. We use the money, intelligence and knowledge that those provide to fulfil our ambitions.
  • The way we work is built on our values of excellence, integrity, collaboration, connectivity, sustainability, diversity, acceleration, experimentation, innovation and ambition.

The Engine Shed story

Find out about the rich and varied past of Brunel’s Engine Shed from its completion in 1841, being the first station in the world to house an engine shed, passenger hall, ticket office and goods area, as well as stabling for hundreds of horses and an engineering shop, to being home to The Exploratory followed by the Empire and Commonwealth Museum through to Brunel’s Old Station events venue which now runs alongside its new inhabitant, Engine Shed.

More on Engine Shed


Engine Shed is run by a mix of staff employed to run the venue and staff that support one of its components, Setsquared. Find out more…


About the staff


Discover the exhibitions held here from December 2013 – July 2016 showcasing creative, low carbon and high tech innovation.


Room hire

Whether you need space to work for a day, week or month, high-profile seminars, board meetings, training sessions, networking events we have the space for you

Book a room

How to find Engine Shed

Engine Shed
Station Approach
Temple Meads


+44 (0)117 903 1100


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