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Council considers new plot for paused Populous arena

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Bristol City Council is considering a new location for a proposed arena for the city as an alternative to the current plan by Populous, which was suspended in November

Mayor Marvin Rees announced the pause in pre-construction work at Temple Quarter pending the outcome of a value for money review (AJ 10.11.17).

An update from the council this week said that costs of the existing project will now be compared against a location within the Filton Airfield site on the northern edge of the city, masterplanned by Allies and Morrison.

Rees said: ‘Not enough work was done on options in the first place. Now a second option has come forward more formally, giving us two potential schemes to look at.

‘Inevitably this also brings a need for more information and we need to fully evaluate this new proposal and the associated infrastructure costs. We have already gone a long way down the road with the Temple Quarter project and the council needs to be confident that it can make a like-for-like comparison when informing final proposals and taking a decision.’

Developer YTL Land and Property, the owner of Filton Airfield, has expressed interest in using the existing Brabazon Hangar within its site.

The review will look at the location’s ability to support an arena with a capacity of up to 15,000.

The existing Temple Quarter planning permission also includes outline proposals for 19,000m² of offices, leisure, housing and hotel development.

Populous’s team, which features Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and BuroHappold Engineering, won the competition for the project in November 2014, beating consortia headed by Grimshaw, Spain’s IDOM, White Arkitekter and WilkinsonEyre.

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  • At least 4 other sites around temple meads were assessed in 2004/5. At least 2 master plans have been done. There has been a major recession intervening in progress and changes to regional development agencies. The site was purchased decontaminated and a completion design won by an excellent team. What more can be done to demonstrate this is the right most sustainable site. It beggars belief they are reconsidering it.

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