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.

Engine Shed is operated by The Science Research Foundation. A company Limited by Guarantee in England & Wales No. 2092134 Registered office: University of Bristol, Beacon House, Queen’s Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1QU.

Engine Shed is:

  • Purpose-led. Engine Shed exists to create and support an inclusive and sustainable economy in the West of England. This focus guides all projects we pursue; it ensures we are not distracted by specific metrics or outputs, but rather supporting activities that will benefit the wider ecosystem.
  • Future focused. Engine Shed doesn’t prioritise short-term wins. We run projects that may not have any immediate pay-off, but which will bring unlikely collaborators together around our shared purpose. We work to ensure our proposition is sustainable for the future, both financially and in terms of resource.
  • Equality for all. Our door is open to all sectors. We’re proud of the 91 different languages spoken in the city and wider region. We believe that our strength is in our differences, and in working together for an outcome greater than our own.
  • Generous with our space. Whether in the lounge or in our event and meeting spaces, we try to accommodate everyone: school students, central government workshops, and art installations, to name but a few.
  • A passionate network weaver. We bring unlikely collaborators together and invite competitors to work under the same roof. We encourage the public and private sectors to come out from their four walls and share space, conversation, and aspirations.

Our Values


We work openly and encourage others to do the same. We share what we have observed, learnt and discovered, whether through failure or success, so that as many people as possible can benefit. We love to spark and contribute to conversations within and beyond the region.


We bring a diverse mix of people and companies together through individual connections, carefully orchestrated projects, and physical proximity, and create practical opportunities for new collaborations to form.


We unearth common interests and provide an independent space to explore them. We share an honest opinion to help others to make informed decisions., and if we have capacity and are able to accelerate the impact of others by providing support, we will.


We ask the difficult questions and confront the challenging issues. We act with integrity to achieve ambitious goals for ourselves and for the region. We experiment, and try innovative approaches as pioneers in economic development.


We have high standards and we are ambitious for our projects, ourselves, our building, and our economy. We work hard to keep our supporters happy, and keep sceptics asking questions.

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

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How to find Engine Shed

Engine Shed
Station Approach
Temple Meads


+44 (0)117 903 1100


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