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12,000-seat Bristol Arena receives planning approval

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.

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

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

Work is already underway to create new access routes to Arena Island with work on the arena building due to start later this year, with the venue due to open its doors in 2018.

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About Bristol Arena

Bristol Arena will be a world-class 12,000-capacity entertainment venue, to be located on Arena Island, the former diesel depot site near Bristol Temple Meads station. It will host over 100 events a year, a mix of music, comedy, family entertainment shows and sports exhibition events.

The creation of the arena will mean that residents living in the city and surrounding areas will have a major performance venue on their doorsteps and will no longer have to travel to other cities to see touring arena shows. The arena development will regenerate a derelict city centre site and be a catalyst for development in the Zone, creating jobs and stimulating growth. Over time, Arena Island will become a new destination for Bristol residents and visitors, and will contribute significantly to creating a vibrant new quarter for the city.

The arena is being delivered by Bristol City Council and global entertainment and sports design firm Populous; architects Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios; BuroHappold Engineering and sound specialists Vanguardia.