Firm behind Bristol’s arena release bold plans for its future

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More details have been revealed about what an arena at the Brabazon hangars in Filton could look like.

Malaysian investment firm YTL plan to build a 17,000 capacity arena at the former airfield site – which would be called YTL Arena.

But details of the scheme have been scarce since the firm first revealed its vision for an arena at the site more than a year ago.

Now the team behind the arena project have shared more information about how the arena could look and the kind of events they are hoping to attract.

The firm is currently working to prepare a planning application which it intends to submit to Bristol City Council in September.

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Illustrative designs of the ‘hubs’ (Image: YTL Arena)

YTL has always said it wants the Brabazon arena to be more than just large-scale concerts.

In fact Andrew Billingham, YTL Arena managing director, has said he wants it to be a “365 day” arena.

As a result the plans don’t just include a 17,000 capacity venue – which will be located in the central hangar.

There are also plans to transform the other two hangars into a ‘Festival Hall’ and ‘The Hub’.

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What the arena could look like (Image: YTL Arena)

Speaking at an event earlier this week Mr Billingham said these other elements were key in attracting multiple types of live events such as tennis matches, basketball games and darts.

And there was even talk of the venue being able to host events such as BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

The Festival Hall will be available for exhibitions, trade shows, wedding fairs, food festivals, and also to compliment the main arena activities, such as a warm up area for sports competitions and after show parties for tv shows.

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Artists’ impressions of YTL Arena (Image: YTL Arena)

It has also been suggested that local bands would be invited to perform in the Festival Hall ahead of large-scale concerts.

According to YTL the “unique seating bowl” design of the arena would allow for flexible capacity – ranging from 4,000 to 17,000, which would attract a variety of events including theatre, comedy and live music.

There are still few details on The Hub, but it has been described as the 365 day section of the venue that would be used for “work, eat, play and as a visitor attraction”.

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Artists’ impressions of YTL Arena (Image: YTL Arena)

Grimshaw Architects is working in partnership with Manica Architecture who are industry leaders next-generation arenas and stadiums.

The firm recently designed the Chase Center in San Francisco, the home of the NBA Golden State Warriors as well as the Las Vegas NFL Stadium, the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders which seats 65,000 people.

Landscape architects Grant Associates and planning consultants Avison Young have also been appointed to the project to help support them through the planning process, as well as structural and technical engineers and specialist consultants.

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