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Shortlist announced in £90m Bristol Arena design contest

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A team led by the architect behind London’s 2012 Olympic Stadium has been named among the five finalists in the RIBA Competition for a 12,000-capacity venue in central Bristol

Populous, working with Feilden Clegg Bradley and Buro Happold, is shortlisted against consortia headed by Grimshaw, Spain’s IDOM, White Arkitekter and Wilkinson Eyre.

Bristol’s Mayor, George Ferguson announced the teams vying for the £90million Bristol Arena, at his annual State of the City address last night (10 November).

The council-backed scheme will occupy a former diesel depot site next to Temple Meads railway station known as ‘Arena Island’ and masterplanned by Allies and Morrison.

The five shortlisted multi-disciplinary design teams in full:

  • 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

Ferguson, who initially revealed plans for the contest back in March 2013, said: ‘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.’

A public exhibition of all five design proposals will be held in January, ahead of a decision on the winner in March.

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  • Geoff Haslam

    Fantastic short-list; let's hope the money can be found to build this long-awaited project, that will help take the economy and prominence of Bristol forward.

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