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Bristol Arena gets approval

Bristol Arena

The planning application for the £90M Bristol Arena has been given the green light.

Bristol City Council’s Development Control Committee has approved the 12,000 capacity venue, as well as an outline plan for Arena Island which will be a mixed use development.

The two applications were brought back to committee following a deferral last month after councillors raised concerns over the traffic impact of the venue.

The plans have been approved with conditions that will need to be resolved before the arena is scheduled to open in 2018.

The new venue is due to be located on the derelict former diesel depot site, close to Temple Meads station.

BuroHappold Engineering will start working on the venue with architects Populous and Feilden Clegg Bradley, and sound specialist Vangaurdia, later this year.

Last year, New Civil Engineer reported that five contractors had been shortlisted for the project. Bouygues was named as the preferred bidder in February 2016.

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