Bristol is having a second try at building an arena, with the backing of Bristol City Council and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The proposed site, known as the Diesel Depot, has received clean-up funding of £11 million from the Homes and Communities Agency. The proposed 11,000-seater (cost £80 million) would be in the heart of Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone (pictured). The city council has budgeted £250,000 for preliminary work and appointed AECOM as cost consultant and agent on the scheme.
Elected mayor George Ferguson has said that there will be a design competition. Council Project Director for the arena Stuart Woods said:
We are delighted to appoint AECOM as cost consultants on the scheme, and we look forward to working with them as the project develops.
A previous arena project by the South West Regional Development Agency was abandoned.