Over the summer work is progressing on plans for the 12,000 capacity Bristol Arena due to be located on the former diesel depot site close to Temple Meads station.
With planning permission in place and a design for the building approved, Bristol City Council is now working with Bouygues UK, an international contractor with a local Bristol office, to agree a target cost and programme to build the arena and deliver essential infrastructure to support future development on Arena Island, including new access routes, a public plaza and landscaping.
Bouygues brings a wealth of experience to the project, having delivered flagship venues worldwide, including the Singapore Sports Hub, the Maracanã Stadium in Rio and the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille.
The engagement and skills programme for the construction phase is also being developed, to ensure that local people benefit from the opportunities that the building of this important venue brings. This will include:
• 65% labour from the West of England, including 30% from Bristol;
• At least 40% expenditure through Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SME’s), third sector and voluntary organisations;
• Over 40 apprenticeships;
• A minimum of 40 work placements, including work experience;
• Provision of over 4,000 weeks of training;
• Work with schools and colleges to include over 1,800 pupil interactions across all ages.
Helen Holland, Cabinet member for Place with special responsibility for the arena at Bristol City Council, said:
“Work is progressing well on this vital project for the benefit of the whole of the city region. We now have detailed architectural plans that can be used by the building contractor to determine a target cost and programme for building the arena, and these will come to the Mayor and Cabinet in the autumn.
“We are absolutely committed to making sure that local people are able to benefit from training and job opportunities the arena will bring. We will be working with Bouygues to ensure their strong record of delivering that elsewhere is matched and surpassed here in Bristol.”
Bristol City Council has officially awarded the contract to operate the arena to the world's largest arena operator SMG, in partnership with the world's largest international live entertainment company Live Nation. They will operate and manage the venue for 25 years.
Improvements to transport proposals are also underway to meet the planning conditions for the arena. Increased Park & Ride services have been confirmed, including late night and Sunday services as well as a rail shuttle from Parkway for large events. Plans for safe and convenient access for pedestrians and cyclists have also been improved, with a new southern access from the Bath Road, increased cycle parking (400 spaces), increased wayfinding facilities and stewarding on event days. This is in addition to the recently completed Brock’s Bridge, another new pedestrian and cycle bridge from Albert Road that will boost access to the site.
The latest developments in the project can be found online at www.bristoltemplequarter.com/arena.