Bristol Arena RIBA Design Competition Winners
We are very pleased to congratulate Populous and the other members of the team on the selection of our design for Bristol Arena.
The winning team comprising Populous, Feilden Clegg Bradley, Buro Happold and Vanguardia was announced today by the Mayor of Bristol Council, George Ferguson. He said:“The Populous team presented an innovative design. The new arena shone out as the best of the five great designs and will sit comfortably on the “Arena Island’ site next to Temple Meads and the Bath Road.”
Speaking at the announcement in Bristol, Populous Senior Principal Nicholas Reynolds said: “We believe Bristol Arena will be the catalyst for the creation of a vibrant new quarter in the city. The design is flexible enough to cater for a wide variety of events and creates a range of spaces inside and out of the venue itself, for people to come together right through the year.
“Our design for Bristol Arena is unique. It delivers a world-class live concert venue for 12,000 fans and, with seamless conversion, the atmosphere and intimacy of a 4,000 seat amphitheatre. The adaptive façade will provide the canvas, defining the identity of the building within the Bristol skyline as it transitions between an ephemeral form by day to a dynamic event backdrop by night”.
Peter Clegg of Bath-based architecture firm Feilden Clegg Bradley said: “Framed by the railway and the River Avon, the Arena has been designed to reflect the proud history and heritage of the city of Bristol, creating an iconic new form within the City, which is respectful and responsive to its unique location. While the masonry plinth base will reflect the surrounding buildings, the beautiful crystalline upper form will allow the arena to continually adapt to mirror the changing face and form of the City”.
The Arena is designed to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, making it the UK’s most sustainable arena – a fitting tribute to the 2015 European Green Capital. Using cutting edge design principles, the arena will feature an innovative displacement ventilation system and provision for the biggest building based photovoltaic system in the city. It will also help create a new cycle and pedestrian link between the Station and the residential areas to the south and east.
BuroHappold Engineering’s Group Director Steve Macey said:“Bristol Arena is set to become an exemplar of sustainability in action: an inspirational environment that reflects Bristol's ambitions and culture, and delivers the best possible experience for visitors and city residents alike. The Arena will be a hub of activity that works in harmony with the local environment and communities, showcasing cutting edge design and engineering and creating lasting experiences and memories for all. BuroHappold Engineering is proud to be a part of this ambitious and innovative initiative.”
Jim Griffiths, Director of sound specialists Vanguardia said:“Our design for Bristol Arena has focussed on creating a performance venue with great sound quality by controlling the acoustics within the space. We are also using the building fabric to minimise sound break-out and ensure that the arena is a good neighbour to the surrounding areas in Bristol, allowing it to provide first class entertainment for years to come.”