Bristol Arena – latest plans are released

'Bristol Res' Blog • 21 November 2019

Bristol Arena – latest plans are released

Detailed plans for the ‘new’ Bristol Arena have been released this week and are set to entered for planning permission.  Following the scrapping of plans earlier this year to build the Arena on Temple Island the YTL Arena based in Filton has received backing from the mayor – Marvin Rees.   

Malaysian infrastructure conglomerate YTL have recruited former Bristol Sport CEO Andrew Billingham,
to lead the arena team. The YTL Arena hopes to create more than 500 new jobs and inject £1.5bn into the local economy over the next 25 years.

Billingham said: “YTL’s commitment is demonstrated as we submit our exciting plans to deliver a 100 per cent privately funded entertainment complex for Bristol.  We’re building much more than just an arena. It’s a 365-day entertainment destination inside the iconic Brabazon Hangars that will create new jobs, bring new business to the region and enhance Bristol’s position as a leading European city.”

Plans are for the 28,000m2 floorspace of all three hangars to create an arena, exhibition and leisure space under one roof. The 17,090-capacity arena will be in the central hangar and if built could become the third largest in the UK after Manchester and the O2 within London’s former Millennium Dome.

The east hangar will house a new event space called Festival Hall for conventions and exhibitions; while the west hangar, to be known as The Hub, will include leisure facilities, and food and drink outlets.
Further plans for the arena complex include zero waste to landfill, harvesting rainwater and installing solar panels on the roof area.

YTL bosses are planning that transport options from the city centre to the Filton site will include a new train station due to open in 2021 and a new metrobus service.

Billingham added: “We hope that local people who visit the arena will immediately feel at home, leaving at the end of a fantastic night feeling proud of all that the city has to offer.  And we hope that those visiting from further afield leave with a clear sense of how amazing this region is and want to come back for more.
We’ll create an entertainment destination for the south west of England that puts Bristol on the world stage and creates the ultimate night out. Built by us, inspired by you, enjoyed by everyone.”

Just lettings, just Bristol

210,000 sq ft office block to be built near Temple Meads.


One of the largest commercial developments in Bristol in the last 25 years is set to built on a 1.3 acre site in the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. Developer Candour Group are due to commence building the 8 storey Grade A office accommodation in the middle of next year with an anticpated completion date of 2022.

Toby Pentecost, co-founder of Candour Group, said: “There is less and less high-quality office space available in Bristol – partly because of conversion of existing space to new homes and other uses, and partly because there are fewer developments coming forward.

We see a great opportunity here to redress that balance and bring forward a new development with best-in-class workspace, sustainability, occupier wellbeing, connectivity and design-quality at its heart. This will be one of the city’s largest developments for 25 years, reflecting both our confidence in continuing demand and the market’s requirement for new space as soon as possible.”

Just lettings, just Bristol