A report, set to be considered at Bristol City Council’s Planning Development Committee on Tuesday 2 March, has recommended the plans for the 12,000 capacity Bristol Arena and Arena Island for approval.
Two applications have been considered by council officers, 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 are designed to transform a derelict part of the city close to Temple Meads station while creating jobs and bringing millions of pounds of additional spend to the region.
The report states:
‘The delivery of the arena will create a major destination within the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, the city of Bristol and the South West Region. It will be an iconic building that will create both a strong civic presence and a dynamic building that will respond positively to its surrounding landscape. Together, the detailed proposals for the arena and the outline proposals for the remainder of Arena Island will deliver the positive regeneration of a brownfield site in the centre of the city.’
Service Director for Economy for Bristol City Council, Alistair Reid said:
“This is a major milestone in the delivery of this important venue for the region. The arena will be a catalyst to development within the Enterprise Zone, bringing with it jobs for local people and giving a substantial boost to the regional economy.”
Pre-planning consultation demonstrated strong support for the Bristol Arena plans, although some concerns were raised relating to traffic and parking.
Four measures have been identified in the report that are required to address transport issues: rail and bus park and ride services; parking controls in areas that would be negatively impacted by on-street parking; safe facilities for picking up and dropping off passengers and a safe and convenient environment for pedestrians and cyclists within and around the site.
Following consultation, the design of the arena façade has evolved and a steel finish is proposed to reduce glare by day and produce a more subtle glow at night. A new widened cycle path and walkway from the site to Three Lamps Junction on the Bath Road has also been included in the plans.
The Bristol Arena has been designed to cater for a many types of events, with spaces for public exhibitions, fashion shows and conferences, as well as all the flexible modes for 4,500 theatre-goers, to sport, comedy and 12,000 live music fans.