Bristol Arena gets the Green Light

March 21, 2016

Bristol City Council’s Development Control Committee has given the go ahead for the 12,000 capacity Bristol Arena and approved outline plans for the rest of Arena Island. Two applications were brought back to committee following a deferral last month to allow for additional transport information to be provided.

Both applications received unanimous support, a detailed planning application for the arena building with a public plaza and new access routes, and an outline application for the future development of housing, business and leisure uses close to the venue. The plans were approved with conditions that will need to be discharged before the arena opens.

Populous Senior Principal and Project Director Nicholas Reynolds said, “We are delighted that Bristol Arena has been given the go ahead by Bristol City Council’s Development Control Committee. This unanimous support is great news for Bristol and the South West, and we are looking forward to helping to create a fantastic new events space for Bristol, and the catalyst for a vibrant new quarter in the city.

The Bristol Arena is a flexible indoor venue with spaces for public exhibitions, fashion shows and conferences, and is able to accommodate from 4,500 theatre-goers to 12,000 live music fans.

“The Populous Arena Team are helping to craft a world class live venue which will set the agenda for future arenas; one which is both economically and environmentally sustainable; a fully flexible and functional performance space for a dynamic programme of events; and an architecture which expresses the history of the site and Bristol’s artistic flair.”

The new venue is due to be located on the derelict former diesel depot site, close to Temple Meads station.

The Bristol Arena is a flexible indoor venue with spaces for public exhibitions, fashion shows and conferences, and is able to accommodate from 4,500 theatre-goers to 12,000 live music fans.

Designed by the Populous Arena Team, Bristol Arena is due to open in 2018.

Read the full release on the Bristol Temple Quarter website.

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