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Contest for 12,000 seat arena in Bristol launched

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Former RIBA President and newly elected Bristol mayor George Ferguson has announced a design contest for a 12,000-spectator arena in the city

The project will be built close to Bristol Temple Meads station and aims to be ‘the most environmentally friendly building of its kind ever built’.

The stadium is planned to open in four years’ time despite funding cuts faced by the city with the Local Enterprise Partnership approached for funding.

After previous failed attempts to create an indoor arena, the land had been reportedly earmarked to become allotments in 2012 before the arena ambitions resurfaced.

Read more about George Ferguson’s plans for Bristol here.

In November 2009 the former RIBA president, the co-founder of Ferguson Mann Architects, resorted to ‘guerrilla architecture’ in an attempt to block development of the Bristol City’s soon-to-be vacated city centre site, which was being backed by Tesco.

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