Latest plans for Bristol Arena revealed

September 17, 2015

Bristol Arena moves another step closer as residents and businesses are invited to give their views on the emerging plans and transport proposals for the 12,000 capacity international entertainment venue due to be located close to Temple Meads station.

International arena design team Populous, together with Bath-based architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, engineering firm BuroHappold Engineering and sound specialists Vanguardia Consulting, have developed plans for an innovative and flexible arena that will bring world-class acts, regeneration and recognition to the city.

The plans are being developed for two planning applications, one for the arena when it opens and one for the future development of Arena Island, both due to be submitted at the end of October. They show the Bristol Arena set in a vibrant place that will in time become a new destination, active throughout the week, transforming a derelict part of the city into a new vibrant quarter.

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol said:

“As the arena moves closer to reality it is important local residents and businesses are fully informed about the plans and have the opportunity to air their views. I very much have their best interests at heart.”

 

Large-scale entertainment buildings can form the social hub of communities. Bristol Arena is being designed to cater for a myriad of different activities, with spaces perfect for public exhibitions, fashion shows, conferences and meetings, as well as all the flexible modes for theatre, sport, comedy and live music.

Nicholas Reynolds / Senior Principal of Populous

Access to the arena is a really important consideration and as European Green Capital we must encourage visitors to travel to the venue sustainably which is one of the main reasons that I have always wanted the arena placed at Bristol’s principal public transport hub. MetroBus and new rail services through MetroWest will serve the new venue, special Park and Ride services are being proposed for the largest events and we are considering measures to protect local residents from on street parking.

The city regularly hosts events with very large visitor numbers, often far larger than the arena’s maximum capacity of 12,000, and it has the capacity to absorb these visitors even if a majority still come in cars. The Arcadia event in Queen Square a couple of weekends ago was an excellent test with an audience of over 12,000 causing minimal disruption and resulting in no parking or congestion complaints that I heard of.

The arena is a long awaited, vitally important piece of cultural investment for the city region and I am sure that most people recognise its huge importance to the local economy and to reviving the Enterprise Zone around Temple Meads.”

Head of the design team and Senior Principal of Populous, Nicholas Reynolds, said:

“Large-scale entertainment buildings can form the social hub of communities. Bristol Arena is being designed to cater for a myriad of different activities, with spaces perfect for public exhibitions, fashion shows, conferences and meetings, as well as all the flexible modes for theatre, sport, comedy and live music. The public realm surrounding the arena will be suitable for staging temporary pop-up activities and events such as markets, arts and crafts fairs and intimate performances.

“The variety of events and activities that will be able to be staged here will cater for the whole community. The Populous Arena Team is focussed on working with all the stakeholders to deliver an imaginative and exceptional arena, one that will create a true ‘return again’ destination for Bristol.”

For more information about the arena and the public consultation, please click here.

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