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The shortlist to design Bristol's £91m arena

Five teams have been shortlisted for the contract to design the 12,000 seater Bristol Arena at Temple Quarter in the city.

The architects behind the Eden Project are on the shortlist for Bristol Arena Credit: PA
  • Grimshaw Architects LLP - architects of the Eden Project
  • Idom Ingeniería y Consultoría - designers of the Bilbao Arena
  • Populous - architects of the London Olympic Stadium
  • White Arkitekter - designers of the Kiruna city plan in Sweden
  • Wilkinson Eyre - architects of the Liverpool Arena

The finalists will now have to come up with proposals, which will then go to a public exhibition before the decision being announced in March 2015

Populous, who designed the London Olympic Stadium, are also on the shortlist Credit: ITV News

Operator appointed for Bristol Arena

Bristol's years of waiting for an indoor arena could soon be over with news tonight that an operator has been appointed to run the venue.

Speaking at his State of the City address, Mayor George Ferguson said their identity will be confirmed in three weeks, moving the opening of the 12,000-seater attraction a significant step closer.

Five design teams have also been shortlisted to compete to build the attraction beside Bristol Temple Meads station. It is hoped the arena will bring up to 1,000 jobs.

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Bristol Arena could get approval tonight

Plans for Bristol Arena Credit: Bristol City Council

Plans for the Bristol Arena are expected to be approved at a city budget meeting tonight.

The £90 million venue next to Temple Meads would have a capacity of 12,000.

Work could start in January 2016 if the scheme gets the go-ahead.

The City Council has raised £53 million for the project and is planning to borrow the rest. The meeting will also debate cuts and a 2 percent rise in council tax.