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Five firms shortlisted for GBP£90m Bristol Arena job

The Bristol Arena is one step closer after the council held a bidders’ day for contractors interested in building the venue. The five shortlisted firms attended a site visit on Monday (2 November) to find out more about Bristol City Council’s tender process.

The five shortlisted companies are BAM Construction, Bouygues, Sir Robert McAlpine, Laing O’Rourke and Buckingham Group Contracting, all of whom are now busy preparing to submit bids for the 12,000-seat, GBP£90m-plus Bristol Arena, which is due to be built next to Temple Meads railway station.

Bids will be submitted by 18 December with a decision about the winning contractor expected in February 2016.

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said:

This is the next key milestone in the arena programme and takes us one step closer to delivery.

Bristol has waited over 20 years for an arena which will at long last play a key part in the regeneration of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone and will make a vitally important contribution to the local economy. For the winning contractor it will be great opportunity to work with us to help shape the face of our increasingly vibrant city.

International arena design team Populous together with Bath-based architects Feilden Clegg Bradley and engineering firm BuroHappold have developed plans for the innovative and flexible arena. The Bristol Arena will be a world-class entertainment venue, with a capacity of 12,000 people.

The pre-planning public consultation process has recently closed and two planning applications are due to be submitted shortly.

One detailed application is for the arena venue and access, and the other is an outline application for the future development of housing, business and leisure uses adjacent to the venue.

The council aims to borrow GBP£53m against its City Deal and raise the remaining GBP£38m from the arena operator and car parking income.