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Old February 4th, 2014, 10:29 AM   #1
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BRISTOL - New Arena (12,000)

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BRISTOL looks set to finally get its long-awaited arena after a large portion of funding was agreed late last night.

City councillors committed £38 million of the £91 million needed for a 12,000 seater venue near Temple Meads.

The £53 million hole in the project's budget is expected to be filled by capital borrowed against money from Bristol's City Deal - an agreement with government.


It took the cabinet meeting at City Hall less than 15 minutes to agree that the building of an arena was a “no-brainer” - as suggested by today’s Bristol Post front page and echoed by Mayor George Ferguson.

Property advisors Jones Lang LaSalle, who have advised on major visitor and event facilities throughout the UK, urged politicians to deliver the facility for the city in today’s Post story.

Jeremy Richards, head of Jones Lang LaSalle’s Bristol office, had said: “Our message is clear – we cannot afford not to have an arena, and we know that the people of Bristol are overwhelmingly in favour of the project.”

Mr Ferguson re-iterated that an arena was and remained a “top priority” for him - and said realising it would remain down to determined leadership.

Very quickly he and members of his cabinet - most vociferously deputy mayor Geoff Gollop and Gus Hoyt - had discussed the merits of the project and approved the funding package, which will now go in front of a meeting of the full council on February 18.

The preferred arena option for Mr Ferguson is next to Temple Meads.

The mayor has also launched a international competition to find the best design for an arena, and has pledged that the project would be up and running in the next five years.


Cabinet councillors heard last night that £38m of the overall bill would made up of rent from the arena operator, car parking income and another payment from the operator.

The council hopes the remaining £53m can be borrowed against City Deal money.

The City Deal is an agreement between central Government and some of the UK’s largest cities to give councils outside the capital more economic freedom.

Mr Ferguson said if funding was granted this way it would represent an “exceptionally good deal” for the council.

He added: “The cost would be met by sources including rent, and have safeguards in place to make sure we can put on events that might not interest the operator.”

Having passed his best wishes to deputy mayor Mark Bradshaw who is being treated for bowel cancer, Mr Ferguson started what was to become the longest cabinet meeting of his tenure.

One of the first topics to rear its head, despite Mr Ferguson reversing his decision to cut staffing levels, was Hengrove play park.

Councillors Tim Kent and Sylvia Doubell submitted two petitions regarding Hengrove play park, one with 274 signatures and an e-petition with 3,292 supporters.

Ron Stone raised a chuckle when, discussing public toilets, he told the cabinet that “spending a penny is sometimes more important that spending £7 million”, after being cut off by Mr Ferguson during his speech.

The mayor also fielded statements from councillors on the bedroom tax, under-occupancy charge and Robin Hood Tax, and from members of Unison, the Bristol Tree Forum, Bristol Women’s Voice and Bristol Disability Forum.

The Post reported on Wednesday that Mr Ferguson had used a £4.4million windfall to save several key council services from being axed. He has reinstated or changed nearly 20 cuts he hopes will “take the heat out” of budget proposals, which aimed to save nearly £90million during the next three years.

Blaise Castle Museum, The Red Lodge in Park Row; The Georgian House in Great George Street and the Roman Villa in Lawrence Weston are no longer in danger of being mothballed. But the council still hopes they will eventually become self-financing.

A £410,000 cut in community transport is no longer going ahead, St Paul’s Learning Centre has been saved and a string of services affecting the elderly, including the library at home service, have been reinstated.

The consultation led to nearly 4,000 responses, 12 times as many as last year and probably more than ever before.

Mr Ferguson said he had outlined a three-year plan for his vision of Bristol.

“I have set this budget within a difficult background, while continuing to protect the most vulnerable members of the city and investing in the future of Bristol, to make it a global city and worthy of its green capital status.”
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Old February 4th, 2014, 10:35 AM   #2
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Old February 4th, 2014, 10:38 AM   #3
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Love Glasgow's new 13,000 capacity arena, but that did cost £125m. The arena in Leeds has a capacity of 13,500 and only cost £60m. Can't say I'm a major fan of the Leeds arena design, though. Interesting to see what a 12,000 capacity venue with a budget of £91m can get you. Should be something decent, especially after all this time in waiting.
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I think it will help that the mayor of bristol who has been working hard to push this through is himself an architect. He won't allow it to be an ikea job.
Hopefully the design competition will bear some interesting fruit.
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Old February 5th, 2014, 11:35 PM   #5
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Good work on the new thread, as you say this could be the nail in the coffin for the entire project but let's try and stay positive.

Here's to a magnificent arena the whole south west can be proud I of!!
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Old February 9th, 2014, 07:28 PM   #6
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So, all the funding agreements are in place, with £53m coming from the WoE LEP City Deal, and the remainder funded by Bristol City Council against future income:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-26075213

Target opening date given by Mayor Ferguson as June 2017.
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Old February 9th, 2014, 07:37 PM   #7
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That's a great site for an arena.

Is there any word on. Whether it'll be a full bowl, U shape or super theatre design?
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Old February 9th, 2014, 07:44 PM   #8
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That's a great site for an arena.

Is there any word on. Whether it'll be a full bowl, U shape or super theatre design?
It's yet to go to a design competition, so we don't know yet, though I'm sure the council will have some input based on what they want to attract.
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Old February 9th, 2014, 07:48 PM   #9
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Hoping the interior will be something like Glasgow's one, with the exterior featuring some nice wood cladding like the London 2012 Olympic velodrome. Well, if the budget can stretch that far.
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Old February 9th, 2014, 09:30 PM   #10
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It's yet to go to a design competition, so we don't know yet, though I'm sure the council will have some input based on what they want to attract.
I've not been to Leeds Arena yet but my mates who've been prefer it to Sheffield (U-Shape) and Manchester (Bowl) as it's more intimate, you're closer to the stage and the sight lines are better due to the super theatre shape.

As most events will be music based I think Leeds has picked the right design, which received a lot of pushback from people when first revealed.

I can't wait for The Darts and Manic Street Preachers in March, when I'll get to see for myself.
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Old February 9th, 2014, 09:35 PM   #11
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What Ferguson has previously said:

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"I do like the idea of an auditorium which is fan-shaped but it depends what kind of events we are planning to hold at the arena. If we are going to be holding sporting events as well as concerts and bands then it would make sense to go for the horseshoe design.

"We need to think long-term; things could change in 10 years' time and the arena might be used in a different way. We need to be prepared for that and think creatively.

"Bristol is left off the concert map because we are the only city without a proper arena and we cannot allow that to continue."
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Old February 9th, 2014, 09:40 PM   #12
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It's definitely important to think long term but I can't see Leeds ever needing a 13k capacity arena to host Basketball or Ice Hockey in the next 25+ years.

The super theatre isn't perfect for ring events but Leeds has hosted WWE and boxing and there were no real complaints about the layout I've heard of.

Each city is different and has different needs. It'd be great if a venue could be designed and built to be configurable between bowl / super theatre but I doubt Bristol's budget will stretch that far.
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Old February 18th, 2014, 10:42 PM   #13
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Arena plans on track but council tax to rise after George Ferguson's budget approved

Bristol looks as though it will finally get its long awaited concert venue after councillors approved George Ferguson’s controversial budget proposals.

As part of an £80 million package of spending cuts an estimated 800 jobs will be axed at City Hall and cost cutting measures will have to be made across the board.

But as part of the financial package funding for the long-awaited 12,000 seater arena will be made available and early work on the scheme looks likely to get under way within a matter of weeks.

The bad news is that council tax will go up by just under two per cent with the average household in Bristol paying an extra 50 pence per week for its local services.

However it was touch and go tonight with Mr Ferguson having to make £1.3 million of concessions to the Labour group to secure their support. At one point it seemed that the vote would be adjourned until March 4.

After a 30 minute adjourment he agreed to provide the money to maintain sports development work (£200,000), maintain service levels in parks (£500,000), retain the current level of pest control service (£200,000) and restore proposed cuts to children's centres (£500,000.)

Labour's decision to then back the budget came under fire from Liberal Democrats who had tabled an amendment that council tax was frozen.

The final vote came in at: For: 39, Against: 21, Abstentions: Four.
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Bristol Arena operator bidders given three weeks to apply

Bidders have three weeks to submit applications to become operators of a £91m entertainment arena in Bristol.

Bristol Arena, a 12,000-seat music venue, will be located at the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

The arena is part of the city's plan to regenerate about 70 hectares (170 acres) surrounding Bristol Temple Meads station and is due to open in 2017.

Bristol City Council aims to appoint an operator by November, with the contract running for at least 25 years.

Interested parties have until 6 June to submit a pre-qualification questionnaire.

The winning bidder will be involved in the design of the arena and in charge of operating, maintaining and managing it for the duration of the lease.

'Largest untapped market'

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson said there had been "tremendous interest" in the project from potential operators.

"Bristol is the seventh largest city in England and it is considered as having the largest untapped market for an arena in the UK," he said.

"This is a vital project for Bristol's cultural offer and regional economy."

West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) will contribute £53m towards the cost of building the arena, with the remaining £38m funded by Bristol City Council.
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Bristol communities minister and west MP Stephen Williams and Bristol deputy mayor Geoff Gollop have broken ground for the construction of Bristol Arena and a new bridge over the River Avon.

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Three bidders have come through the first stage of the process to find an operator to run the 12,000 capacity Bristol Arena set to open in 2017.

The potential operators will now be invited to submit a detailed tender to Bristol City Council outlining how they would run the facility, and to include the type of programme that could be expected and the amount they would pay as an annual lease to the council.

The successful operator will be expected to:

• Input into the design of the arena

• Operate and programme the arena

• Maintain and manage the facility for the duration of the lease

• Work in partnership with the council, community and stakeholders

Bidders have until the 1st September to submit their tender.

The council will select a preferred bidder and reserve bidder for the £91 million venue in October 2014.

The operator procurement will then be followed by the appointment of a design team.


The arena is set to be located in the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone on the former diesel depot close to Bristol Temple Meads station and is due open in September 2017.
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Allies and Morrison is to lead the ‘design vision’ for Bristol’s Arena Island - the future home for a £91million, 12,000-capacity horseshoe-shaped arena

The practice was appointed by Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to oversee the development of the disused former diesel train depot east of Bristol Temple Meads station.

The HCA is investing £11million in new bridge linking to the site and unlock it for development and Bristol City Council are currently inviting bids from organisations to both design and operate the arena itself.

Allies and Morrison was part of the team which led the masterplanning exercise for the transformation of London 2012’s Olympic Park and the regeneration of the Kings Cross area of London. The architect has been given the task of creating detailed plans for the public space, street plan and buildings which will form a creative ‘hub’.

The work on the Arena Island site will also include an assessment of partners’ current thinking for the site and a series of discussions with key stakeholders. Drawings which will inform future development on the site will be produced by the end of the year alongside a delivery plan for the HCA’s five enterprise zone sites, which is being led by Arup and a team that includes internationally renowned Gehl Architects.

David Warburton, HCA Head of Area, said: ‘We wanted a world-class, highly experienced team to help us put together a master-plan to shape the new quarter at Arena Island.

‘This work will be an important part of creating the buzz that’s needed to form a place on a par with the best innovative cities in Europe, where new ideas and innovative thinking will spark off its surroundings and thrive.

‘This builds on the progress being made with the infrastructure being installed at Arena Island, which is progressing well and remains a vital element of unlocking this site to major development. I’m looking forward to working with partners to create an exciting new vision for this site.’

Allies and Morrison partner Bob Allies said the site represents ‘a very significant addition to the city’s cultural resources.’

‘It is also, given the aspirations of the city’s current administration, a particularly exciting time to be working in Bristol.’
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THIS derelict site near Bristol's city centre could soon be generating up to £50 million a year for the local economy. It is next to Temple Meads railway station and earmarked for the city's long- awaited arena, which will be used for rock concerts and other large-scale events.

The £91million arena is one of Bristol mayor George Ferguson's flagship projects with construction work expected to start in two years' time and ready for opening in the summer, 2017.

In the meantime, a tender process is now underway to select an operator and design team with the aim of submitting a planning application next summer.
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Designers from around the world are being invited to submit ideas for a new £90m arena for Bristol.

The 12,000-capacity indoor arena, to be built on a site close to Temple Meads railway station in the centre of the city, is expected to open in 2017.


Bristol's Mayor George Ferguson said the arena was "key" to the city's future.

Companies wishing to run the new venue have already been invited to bid for a 25-year lease.

Colin Skellett, chairman of the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, said: "Getting the design right is really important: we need an arena that fits with its environment, inspires its visitors and becomes an iconic image for the city."

Bristol City Council is working with the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) to select the winning design.

Buildings which have resulted from previous Riba competitions include the Welsh National Assembly's Senedd in Cardiff, the Hepworth Wakefield gallery in Wakefield and Sage Gateshead, the music venue on Gateshead's quayside.

The closing date for entries is 18 September.
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