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George Ferguson: Bristol Arena delay is 'all politics - a way of having a dig'

Plans for a 12,000 capacity Arena in Bristol have suffered yet another delay after councillors on the planning committee deferred a decision because they're worried about traffic chaos.

The leader of the Liberal Democrats blames the city's Mayor, claiming an idea for a 480 space multi storey carpark was withdrawn at the last minute.

I feel extremely sorry for the people on the planning committee who are having to deal with this because they didn't know whether there was parking there or not.

They know there is a commitment that's been made to the operators to provide some kind of parking but more crucially there was no travel plan.

– Cllr GARY HOPKINS, Bristol City Council

Meanwhile Mayor George Ferguson says it'll cost £300,000 to delay the plan and claims the multi storey was never on the cards.

This they see as my project and its a way of having a dig and I think that is very unfortunate.

It is the old politics and I've been striving to get rid of in this city.

– Bristol Mayor George Ferguson

We spoke to people in the nearby area of Totterdown where there was genuine concern that people coming to the Arena will try to squeeze into their already congested streets.

Setback for Bristol Arena after planning application deferred

An artist impression of the arena at night. Credit: Bristol City Council

Plans for the long-awaited 12,000 capacity arena in Bristol have been delayed after councillors voted to defer their decision over planning permission.

Councillors wanted more detail about how 12,000 people would travel to and from the venue. Credit: Bristol City Council

Councillors said they felt the plans had been brought before them without the details being ironed out - concerns had already been raised about parking issues and space for drop-offs.

The move is likely to push back the opening date - originally set for 2018.

The planning application will now return to the committee at a later date.

Bristol Arena plans set to be unveiled

Bristol Arena Plaza Night Credit: Bristol City Council
Bristol Arena Plaza Aerial Sketch Credit: Bristol City Council

Plans for a new arena in Bristol will be unveiled today.

The £90 million arena is set to open in two years time. It's being designed by Populous, the team responsible for the Olympic Stadium.

The stadium specialists will work in partnership with the award winning Bath based practices Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects and BuroHappold Engineering.

Alongside the London 2012 stadium, Populous designed the O2 Arenas in London, Berlin and Dublin, and the recently completed Leeds Arena.

However to build the arena, the council will have to apply for it's own planning permission. It's hoped the arena will be completed by 2017.

New Bristol Arena design chosen

Bristol Arena Plaza Night Credit: Bristol City Council

The team behind the London 2012 Olympic Stadium have been chosen as the designers of the Bristol Arena.

Populous, the international arena and stadium design specialists, will work in partnership with the award winning Bath based practices Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects and BuroHappold Engineering.

Alongside the London 2012 stadium, Populous designed the O2 Arenas in London, Berlin and Dublin, and the recently completed Leeds Arena.

Bristol Arena Plaza Aerial Sketch Credit: Bristol City Council
Bristol Arena Foyer Credit: Bristol City Council
Bristol Arena Internal concert Credit: Bristol City Council

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Design for new Bristol £90million arena will be chosen this afternoon

The final design for Bristol's £90 million indoor arena will be chosen today.

A panel of judges will choose from five designs and are due to announce the winner this afternoon.

The former diesel depot site beside Bristol Temple Meads will be the home to a 12,000 seater arena which will host sport and music events.

It will bring more than 900 jobs to Bristol and is expected to attract millions of pounds in additional spending to the region.

In January five designs were submitted.

No. 1 Credit: Bristol City Council
No. 2 Credit: Bristol City Council
No. 3 Credit: Bristol City Council
No. 4 Credit: Bristol City Council
No. 5 Credit: Bristol City Council

Designs for £90 million Bristol arena revealed

Five shortlisted designs for the £90 million arena in Bristol have been revealed.

The plan is for the 12,000 capacity venue to be built near Bristol Temple Meads station.

Local people are being asked for their views, but won't find out who each architect is until March.

Take a look at the designs below:

No. 1 Credit: Bristol City Council
No. 2 Credit: Bristol City Council
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No. 5 Credit: Bristol City Council

Bristol Arena operator is announced

The Bristol Arena is due to open in 2017 Credit: Bristol City Council

The UK’s largest arena operator SMG, in partnership with largest international live entertainment company Live Nation, has been named as Preferred Bidder to operate the Bristol Arena.

The decision was taken at tonight's Cabinet meeting when Mayor George Ferguson said that it represented a milestone in the development of the new arena.

Interest from bidders in operating the 12,000 capacity Bristol Arena has been highly competitive.

SMG and Live Nation will bring the combined expertise of two global businesses experienced in running arenas worldwide and delivering exciting programmes of concerts and events.

Their bid represents a good deal for the city and gives yet further confidence of a firm footing on which to move forward towards a 2017 arena opening when we can look forward to welcoming world-class performers to the region.

– George Ferguson, Bristol Mayor

The £91 million, 12,000 capacity arena is to be built on the former diesel depot site next to Bristol Temple Meads railway station.

It will bring more than 900 jobs to Bristol and is expected to attract millions of pounds in additional spending to the region.

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
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