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Bristol launches design competition for £90m arena

11 Aug 14 Bristol City Council has called on Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Competitions to stage an international contest to design a new arena for Bristol.

The Bristol Arena project is a large indoor multipurpose arena, to be built on the former diesel depot site close to Temple Meads railway station in the city centre.

Then council is aiming to have construction completed and the arena open by summer 2017. Budget for the arena project is £90m.

Multi-disciplinary teams will have the opportunity to design the 12,000 capacity entertainment arena. It is expected that the winning team will have architectural, structural and building engineering capabilities as well as experience within the performance venue field and significant knowledge of the creation and development of urban spaces.

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George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol and an architect himself, said: “The Bristol Arena is key to the city region's future and will act as a major catalyst to the development of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. We have to grasp the opportunity to design a building that not only works really effectively but is an inspiring place that enriches this new quarter of the city.

“I want the Bristol Arena to become the arena of choice for performers, as well as offering an excellent visitor experience. As an architect I recognise that the design of the building is critical in achieving this. RIBA Competitions has helped to deliver some of the most outstanding buildings around the UK and is well placed to help us to secure the best possible design team.”

Expressions of interest are invited from suitably qualified design teams worldwide and must be submitted by Thursday 18 September 2014. A shortlist of five will then be selected to participate in the design phase of the competition. For further details see

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