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Designers shortlisted for Bristol Arena

11 Nov 14 Five teams have been shortlisted to design the proposed Bristol Arena and have two months to work up their proposals

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) launched a competition in August, which attracted 30 responses from across the world.

Bristol City Council is planning to build a 12,000 capacity events arena close to Temple Meads station, to open by the end of 2017.

The five shortlisted multi-disciplinary design teams are:

  • Grimshaw, Manica Architecture, Thornton Tomasetti, M-E Engineers and Neil Woodger Acoustics
  • IDOM (in collaboration with Foreman Roberts and Nagata Acoustics)
  • Populous / Feilden Clegg Bradley / Buro Happold / Vanguardia
  • White Arkitekter with Arup
  • Wilkinson Eyre with Arup.

The teams will now work on their design proposals for submittal in January 2015.  A public exhibition of the proposals will take place in January prior to a decision being made in March.

Mayor George Ferguson said: “We are at a really exciting stage in the development of Bristol’s long awaited arena.  I am delighted with the level of interest that we have had to the RIBA design competition. We now have five very capable and talented design teams with a wealth of experience between them drawing up proposals for an arena that will contribute to the regeneration of the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone and provide one of the very best experiences for audiences and major acts. These are really very important milestones and take us several steps closer to the delivery of this major venue for the city region.”

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