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The arena can be configured as a small, 4,000-capacity space for intimate occasions as well a 12,000-capacity arena for large-scale events


mirror which reflects the sky and becomes almost invisible.”


SUSTAINABILITY The environmental sustainability of the building was a key factor in the design. “We’re targeting a BREEAM ‘Excellent’


rating. Design solutions will depend on the precinct-wide energy strategy which is agreed upon by the council,” says Trice. “This could include an innovative displacement ventilation system and provision for the biggest building-based photovoltaic system in the city. “On the social aspect of sustainability,


the terraces create a new cycling and pedestrian link between the residential areas, the city and the station, establishing a connection that’s been missing.”


HISTORY Bristol Mayor and former RIBA president George Ferguson promised to bring an


ARENA FACTS


Bristol Arena will be located on the former diesel depot site next to Bristol Temple Meads railway station in the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. Funded by Bristol City Council and the West of England Local Enter- prise Partnership through its Economic Development Fund, the arena will be operated by global facility manage- ment giant SMG, in partnership with Live Nation. The arena is predicted to break even within 10 years.


arena to Bristol as part of his election manifesto [he was elected Mayor in November 2012]. “It was a no brainer,” said Ferguson.


“Bristol is one of the last big cities in the UK without a large arena. It means that


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all of our young people – and some of our older rockers – have to go to Cardiff, Southampton, Plymouth or Portsmouth. More importantly, it also means that a lot of people aren’t coming to Bristol who would otherwise come. “This arena will strengthen Bristol’s


attraction as a destination and it will be a major catalyst for the regeneration of the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, creating jobs and stimulating economic growth. It will bring tens of millions of pounds in additional spend to the region from business and leisure activity, increased hotel occupancy and other related spend. “The design offers real flexibility for


programming for now and into the future, giving performers and audiences a great acoustic and visual experience. Populous’ understanding of the site, combined with their knowledge of building arenas and creating great experiences, eased what initially looked like a difficult choice.” l


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