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The Gallery | Winning designs for Bristol Arena

Designs by a consortium including Populous and BuroHappold Engineering have been chosen for the £90M Bristol Arena.

The winning team, which also includes Bath-based practice Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects, will now work on detailed designs for the 12,000-capcity venue.

The competition panel praised the winning designs for allowing smaller capacity theatre events and quickly converting to larger configurations for sport, conventions and big performances.

Bristol mayor George Ferguson said: “The Populous team has presented an innovative design for a horseshoe shaped arena that will allow us real flexibility for programming, for now and into the future, offering both performers and audiences an outstanding acoustic and visual experience.

“The new arena shone out as the best of five great designs and will sit comfortably on the Arena Island site next to Temple Meads and the Bath Road. I have been determined that we achieve the best arena yet and the commitment towards achieving a BREEAM Excellent environmental rating adds to Bristol’s reputation as European Green Capital.”

Populous designer Nicholas Reynolds said: “We believe Bristol Arena will be the catalyst for the creation of a vibrant new quarter in the city. The design is flexible enough to cater for a wide variety of events and creates a range of spaces inside and out of the venue itself, for people to come together right throughout the year.

“Our design for Bristol Arena is unique. It delivers a world-class live concert venue for 12,000 fans, and with seamless conversion the atmosphere and intimacy of a 4,000 seat amphitheatre. The adaptive façade will provide the canvas, which defines the identity of the building within the Bristol skyline, as it transitions between an ephemeral form by day, to a dynamic event backdrop by night.”

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