Gravity is on a journey toward becoming a catalyst for Clean Growth in the South West.

Our Story

The site was once a thriving employment hub with a strong community spirit. Gravity will rekindle this ethos through the development of a place that is continually evolving, catering for tomorrow’s workforce whilst protecting the climate and environment.

Challenging the way we work, live and play

Salamanca Group has a track record in developing commercial real estate outside of the UK, yet they always aspired to create a flagship development in the UK. One that would bring together some of the greatest business minds to solve some of the biggest economic and environmental challenges we are facing and enhance the economic growth of the South West of England as well as the UK.

Salamanca wanted to build more than just bricks and mortar packaged up as an enterprise hub. They had a vision of building a forward-thinking sustainable, energy efficient and high-performing campus with a sense of community and set about finding the perfect location.

In 2017 This is Gravity Ltd was formed to bring the vision to reality.

Building on history and moving toward a sustainable future

For over sixty years, the Royal Ordnance Factory Bridgwater was based on the site. During this period, it was a significant production facility through wartime and peace. Social clubs, sports teams and community events were the norm.

Building on its manufacturing past, buzz of activity and community spirit, Gravity will once again become an employment hub supporting an active ecosystem of businesses in a desirable environment.

Our Milestones

  • Gravity launches its Smart Campus vision, site preparations began in earnest ensuring Gravity’s suitability for large-scale advanced manufacturing occupiers.
  • Gravity hosted its ground breaking ceremony for Enterprise Way, with £3.94m of grant funding through the Heart of the South West LEP Growth Deal.
  • Gravity hosted two community drop-in events as part of a heritage film commissioning by then Sedgemoor District Council. 
  • Site preparations were completed, and remedial works were signed off by the Sedgemoor District Council.
  • Gravity arrived on the UK commercial real market seeking large-scale site occupiers. 
  • ‘Our Lives at ROF 37’ community heritage film made in partnership with South West Heritage Trust and Somerset Film premiered online.
  • In February 2022, Sedgemoor District Council (now Somerset Council) adopted the Gravity Local Development Order, giving the site the greater flexibility to cater to the shifting demands of the market.
  • In September Gravity and local partners launched the Gravity Sphero initiative, designed to inspire young local minds into STEM through play.
  • Gravity is in discussions with exciting large-scale occupiers. We look forward to updating you on our progress. 
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Gravity

Provision for on-site rail head providing future estimated travel times of:

RAIL
Passenger
Bristol Temple Meads (55 minutes), Exeter (55 minutes), London (2 hours 40 minutes)

Freight
Port of Bristol (65 minutes), Hams Hall (Midlands) (3 hours 20 minutes), London (2 hours 40 minutes)

ROAD
Located on junction 23 of M5 with travel times of:

HGV
Port of Bristol (40 minutes)

Car
Bristol (50 minutes), Bristol Airport (40 minutes), Exeter (60 minutes), Exeter Airport (45 minutes)

SEAPORT
Quick access to deep seaport:

  • Located a 40-minute drive from site, the Port of Bristol is the most centrally located deep seaport in the UK, providing a logistics hub for global freight
  • In the future direct rail access from the site will be possible in approximately 65 minutes

AIRPORTS
Two international airports are located within 60 minutes’ drive:

  • Within 40 minutes, Bristol Airport offers direct scheduled flights to 78 destinations throughout the UK, Europe, North Africa and the US.
  • Within 60 minutes, Exeter Airport offers direct scheduled flights to 42 destinations throughout the UK, Western Europe and Iceland

The Port of Bristol

  • Located a 40-minute drive from site, the Port of Bristol is the most centrally located deep seaport in the UK, providing a logistics hub for global freight
  • In the future direct rail access from the site to the Port of Bristol will be possible within 65 minutes

Growing international airport links

Two international airports are located within 60 minutes’ drive:

  • Within 40 minutes, Bristol Airport offers direct scheduled flights to 78 destinations throughout the UK, Europe, North Africa and the US
  • Within 60 minutes, Exeter Airport offers direct scheduled flights to 42 destinations throughout the UK, Western Europe and Iceland

University of Bristol

The University of Bristol, one of the UK’s top 20 universities1, is within 50 minutes’ drive. Each year Bristol University is home to over 2,000 academics, researchers and industry practitioners in Clean Growth including:

  • Climate Change Technologies & Sustainable Futures
  • Bio Design
  • Robotics (Bristol Robotics Laboratory)
  • Migration & Mobility
  • Agricultural Innovation
  • Composites (National Composites Centre)
  • Nuclear (Bristol University and EDF operate the South West Nuclear Hub)
  • Quantum Technologies (Innovation Centre opening 2021)

The Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL) is a collaborative partnership between UWE Bristol and the University of Bristol, home to over 300 academics, researchers and industry practitioners.

Bridgwater & Taunton College

Located a 15-minute drive from Gravity, Bridgwater & Taunton College is a world-class college of further and higher education offering courses including A levels, IB, Apprenticeships and Vocational courses. It is the principal delivery arm of the Southern Hub of the National College for Nuclear and houses the University Centre Somerset.

Recent investments include a £15m National College for Nuclear, £8m Energy Skills Centre, £7m Agriculture and Innovation Centre and £7m Advanced Engineering Centre.

University of the West of England

The University of the West of England (UWE) is within 50 minutes’ drive. Ranked within the UK top 40 Universities and 1st within the University Alliance4  (those focused on technical and professional education), UWE also collaborates with the University of Bristol. Together they operate The Bristol Robotics Laboratory (BRL), home to over 300 academics, researchers and industry practitioners. Other fields of expertise in the Clean Growth sector include:

  • Data Science
  • Climate Change Technologies
  • Enterprise Culture & Creativity
  • Biosensor Network
  • Robotics (BRL)

University of Bath

The University of Bath, one of the UK’s top 20 universities, is within 70 minutes’ drive2. Its academic strengths map well to the regional strength in the Automotive space, and many departments play a key role in supporting innovation and creating a skilled workforce to support a global shift to clean growth. Bath University is home to over 350 academics, researchers and industry practitioners in Clean Growth including:

  • Advanced Automotive Propulsion (IAAPS) – opening 2021
  • ART – Artificial Intelligence (UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training)
  • Climate Change Technologies & Sustainable Futures
  • Sustainable Energy & The Environment
  • Biosensor Network
  • Chemical Technologies
  • Advanced Sensor Technologies 
  • Advanced Mechanics
  • Power Transmissions & Motion Control

University of Exeter

The University of Exeter, one of the UK’s top 20 universities3, is within 60 minutes’ drive. The University is part of a national consortium of academic, industrial and policy stakeholders which maintains the UK’s status as a global leader in offshore renewables. Exeter University is home to c.500 academics, researchers and industry practitioners in Clean Growth including:

  • Renewable Energy and Engineering
  • Systems Biology
  • Food Security
  • Sustainable Agriculture & Agritech
  • Data Science & Artificial Intelligence
  • Climate Change & Environmental Futures

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