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PROPERTY Shortlist announced for £90m Bristol Arena

A shortlist has been announced consisting of five top architectural firms to design the Bristol Arena, a £90m venue on an old oil depot site near Temple Meads Station. Following the announcement of a design

competition from the RIBA and Bristol City Council, a shortlist has been released. Te following multi-disciplinary design

teams have been shortlisted: • A consortium of; Grimshaw, MANICA Architecture, Tornton Tomasetti, M-E Engineers and Neil Woodger Acoustics

• A consortium of; Populous /Feilden Clegg Bradley/Buro Happold/Vanguardia

• White Arkitekter with Arup • Wilkinson Eyre with Arup • IDOM (in collaboration with Foreman Roberts and Nagata Acoustics) Bristol’s mayor, the former architect George

Ferguson, said: “We now have five very capa- ble and talented design teams, with a wealth of experience between them, drawing up

An initial rendering of the proposed Bristol Arena

proposals for an arena that will contribute to the regeneration of the Bristol Temple Quarter.” The Arena is part of a wider Allies and

Morrison masterplan for the area. When com- plete, it will be a multi-entertainment venue with 12,000 seats. Te winning team will be announced in February 2015, with the opening planned for 2017. Details:

Wasps complete Ricoh takeover deal

Wasps Rugby Club has com- pleted a deal to become the sole owner of Arena Coventry, the company that owns the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The club secured the

remaining 50 per cent stake from the Alan Edward Higgs Charity, having already acquired the other 50 per cent of ACL from Coventry City Council in a deal last month. The deal is part of

Wasps move from cur- rent home Adams Park in Buckinghamshire to Ricoh Arena. Te club has shared Adams Park with Wycombe Wanderers Football Club since 2002 and had in recent years been looking to build its own stadium. Aſter Wasps’ plans to build a permanent

Wasps skipper James Haskell at the Ricoh Arena

home ground at Wycombe Air Park were turned down by the council, however, the club was forced to look for alternative locations for its new home – and a decision to acquire Ricoh

Arena was made earlier this year. Speaking to Leisure Opportunities, Wasps CEO Nick Eastwood said the club faced a “move or go bust” situation, with annual losses at around £3m. He added that the move to Ricoh would mean that Wasps will own the most exten- sive club rugby facility in Europe and help it to “re-establish itself as one of the best clubs in world rugby”. Details:

Adventure operator launches £2m urban sports park Set to be the largest freestyle jumping arena

A £2m indoor urban sports and trampoline park has opened in East Kilbride. AirSpace, a ‘spring loaded urban playground’

will be a second brand for growing adventure high wire experience company Go Ape, and Scotland’s first indoor facility of this type.


in Europe, the centre will feature more than 100 interconnected, wall to wall trampolines. Te operators also plan to introduce ‘team sports with a twist’ including dodgeball, basketball and football. Details:

Twitter: @leisureopps Te glass walkway offers an unusual perspective

Glass walkways give bird’s eye view of Tower Bridge

Two giant glass floors 42m (138ft) above the Tames have opened at Tower Bridge for an attraction marking its 120th birthday. Te scheme by Purcell Architects took

a year to implement and now offers visi- tors a completely new view of the bridge, the river and the liſting process from high- level walkways across the Tames. Te reinforced glass will allow visitors

a ‘bird’s eye view’ down onto the road and river beneath, but the bigger draw will be at liſting times, when they will get the chance to see the bridge raise up beneath their feet to allow ships up and down river. Details:

£9m double transformation of leisure centres underway

Oadby and Wigston Borough Council is to invest £9m into improvement works for two leisure centres as part of a drive to boost participation levels across all ages and abilities in the region. Parklands Leisure Centre, in Oadby,

and Wigston Pool and Fitness Centre will receive faceliſts, with AFLS+P Architects overseeing both projects. Te council’s cash injection comes aſter awarding Everyone Active a 20-year contract to operate both. Parklands Leisure Centre will benefit

from more than £4m worth of refurbish- ment work. Tis will include an enlarged 115-station gym with the latest interactive Precor CV equipment, WattBikes, Lateral Ellipticals from Octane Fitness, plus ded- icated stretching and free weights areas. There will also be an outdoor training zone with a functional rig on the court- yard based in the centre of the building. Meanwhile, Wigston Pool was demol-

ished in October and a new six lane swimming pool is replacing it. Tere will also be a 60-station gym with Precor CV equipment and functional training kit. Both sites are to be complete by autumn 2015. Details:

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