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Bristol Disregards City Centre Arena

by Paul Addison on September 17, 2018 No comments

Receiving planning permission in 2016, a project for an arena in the city centre of Bristol has been scrapped by Bristol City Council.

Instead, the council has gone for a mixed-use development on the Temple Island site that includes;

  • 460 homes,
  • A conference centre,
  • A hotel,
  • Shops,
  • 23,000 square metres of offices.

Proposed by Populous, the 12,000 capacity arena would have required a £173 million investment from the public sector, with the council and contractor bearing the development risk.

A study by KPMG said;

“Developing the Temple Island site without a music and sports venue and building an out-of-town arena would provide better value for money, creating nearly 1,500 more jobs than those envisaged by the arena.”

Last year, developer YTL outlined plans for a 16,000-capacity arena in the Filton area of Bristol.

Marvin Rees, the mayor of Bristol said the proposal is a “completely undeliverable vanity project”.

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