This month saw an important milestone reached at the new Imperial Tobacco global head quarters as, as the new structure approached its highest point of development, the ceremonial Silver Bolt was screwed into place.

The ceremony marks an important milestone for the construction phase of this new 4 storey development at Winterstoke Road in Bristol.

The state of the art, multi-million pound development will consolidate the FTSE 100 company’s existing UK offices, currently spread across different areas on the South, and demonstrates the global firm’s commitment to the city. As one of Bristol’s biggest and oldest companies the blue chip corporation’s focus on local expertise has been a major boon, with over 70% of the construction workforce living within 30 miles of the development.

Imperial Tobacco special projects director Ken Hill said the building will be a “modern head office that will support the demands of our growing international business, at one south Bristol location.”

And whilst being interviewed for The Financial Times, Ms Cooper expressed her excitement at the prospect of replacing what the journalist referred to as her “underwhelming” current office space with the new prestigious building in south Bristol.

Whilst screwing down the ceremonial nut, Alison Cooper said: ‘We’re very excited about the excellent progress being made with the construction project, and are looking forward to building on our long history in Bristol in a modern new site. Our new global headquarters will create a great work environment at the hub of our international business, further facilitating our collaborative approach to achieving our strategic agenda.’

AWW’s Director in charge of the Imperial Tobacco redevelopment, Mark Alker Stone, said, “It is important for us to be able to provide a design that will have sustainability in practical terms at its core. This building will be one of the most energy efficient and environmental friendly in the South West and it’s great to see it coming together so successfully.”

The new building will boast solar panels, rainwater recycling facilities, automatic daylight and presence-sensing lighting systems and a special drainage system that will keep excess water in a tank. There will also be charging points for electric cars.

The development is due to be completed in early 2013.