Plans for the long-awaited Bristol Arena have hit another roadblock after contractor Bouygues pulled out of a deal to build the new venue.
The move came after Bristol City Council was unable to agree on a fee for the job with Bouygues.
With a capacity of 12,000, the Bristol Arena is located in the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. 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.
Mayor Marvin Rees said the planned opening date for the venue has now been put back until 2020. It was originally due to have been finished by late 2017. A delay until 2019 was announced last year.
Mayor Rees said:
I am committed to getting the arena built and despite this setback it remains closer than it has ever been. We have the design, the planning permission, the operator and the momentum of a successful Enterprise Zone.
We also have a much better understanding of the complexities involved in bringing the building to life. I am disappointed that although so much work has been put in for so long, and despite recent constructive and detailed talks with Bouygues, we have simply been unable to agree on the price for the arena. We’ve tried to close the gap and have reluctantly accepted that we will not reach agreement.
I firmly believe that we can and will build the arena Bristol deserves but this has to be for the right price. We have made a lot of progress and are now seeking an alternative contractor to build the arena as soon as possible.
The cost of the project has been estimated at £92.5m.