Managing Director appointed for YTL Arena Bristol
YTL has announced the appointment of Andrew Billingham as Managing Director Arena Operations for the new arena it plans to build in the iconic Brabazon Hangars in North Bristol.
The arena will breathe new life into the now dormant hangars which were once the home of Concorde.
Former CEO of Bristol Sport, the company responsible for rebuilding Ashton Gate Stadium, Andrew has a wealth of experience in the sport and entertainment industry. He has been working as a consultant for YTL UK. The permanent appointment shows the firm commitment to move the project forwards.
Andrew said: “The moment I walked through the Brabazon Hangars’ huge doors and was surrounded by so much history of innovation and engineering I knew something special needs to happen to bring them back to life.
“I am excited about the opportunity to develop our plans and privileged to be part of YTL, an organisation that has a highly respected international reputation in the communities it serves.
“We have an immense amount of work to do but together with the wider Bristol community we can make history: transforming an iconic building into a truly world class arena and entertainment destination for the people of Bristol.
“Over the next few months we will be building the team to deliver a 16,000 capacity, multi-purpose arena. We will work with local businesses and organisations to create a venue that reflects Bristol’s proud engineering and aviation heritage and its modern, diverse and innovative character.”
Chairman of YTL Developments UK Ltd, Colin Skellett said: “We are delighted to have Andrew on board. He brings an enormous amount of experience in the sport and entertainment industry and his appointment is an important step towards delivering an arena in the Brabazon Hangars. We are committed to creating an arena that people can be proud of and that puts Bristol on the map with one of the UK’s premier entertainment venues."