Network central

Engine Shed’s shared working space with a high quality cafe for informal meetings with our exceptional quality network of academics, entrepreneurs and innovators, business leaders, policy makers, and professionals, without having to leave the Bristol Temple Meads station precinct. We provide a neutral space for people to discover their common interests, bringing a diverse mix of people and companies together through individual connections and projects.

About the business lounge

The business lounge has a mix of train carriage-style innovation pods, bespoke high tables, comfortable sofas and superfast broadband and is the perfect environment for you to connect with the right people. Access to the business lounge is available on an annual membership basis for organisations and pay-as-you-go basis for individuals via our co-working space. It offers space to interact and learn in vibrant facilities within Brunel’s iconic listed Engine Shed.

Founder members

Founder members of the business lounge are; Bath Spa University staff, Bristol Media corporate members, Institute of Directors members, University of Bath staff, University of Bristol staff and University of the West of England (UWE) staff and you can use our facilities free of charge during office hours – 8.30 am – 5.30 pm. On arrival, just show your staff card/membership card or tell us your company name (for Bristol Media members); we will give you the password for the superfast, free wifi and access to eduroam then help yourself to an innovation pod or table to work at. You can sign in up to two non-members at each visit.

Other member organisations

Staff from the organisations below can use the facilities of the Business Lounge free of charge during office hours – 8.30 am – 5.30 pm. Just show us your membership/staff card or we’ll check you’re on the list we’ve been give from your organisation on arrival.

Named Business West Initiative members

All RSA fellows

Named Great Western Railway staff

Temple Studios and Bristol & Exeter House resident companies

RegenSW companies

ICAEW members

City of Bristol College staff

UnLtd staff and award winners

Named School for Social Entrepreneurs staff

Full members of the Bristol Property Agents Association

Named West of England Combined Authority staff

Institution of Civil Engineers members

Named Bristol Is Open and InterDigital staff

South West Business Council members


If you are network organisation or corporate interested in Business Lounge membership, please do register your interest at Members get 25% discount off meeting rooms and event spaces at Engine Shed.

Individuals and SMEs can take advantage of the Business Lounge by joining one of our existing member organisations.


Individuals can also take advantage of the Business Lounge via pay-as-you-go.

There are also 6 desks available in the Interchange for pay-as-you-go users, with screens and desk lamps. Co-working at Engine Shed provides you with space to work as an individual, great wi-fi and the company of like-minded people in a flexible way to suit your own working style.

The cost is £3.80 per hour or £20 per day. For frequent users, the following packages are available; £72 for 30 hours or £120 for 60 hours. There are also fixed desks available in this space on a longer term basis. You can contact Reception to find out more or to book a space.



Engine Shed hosts its own networking events and briefings in the business lounge which are open to anyone and free to attend.


Hire the business lounge

The business lounge provides space for networking events and receptions for up to 200 people and can be hired out of working hours, from 6.00 pm onwards on weekdays. The seminar space – The Junction – with seating for 80 is available too.


Venue hire

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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