YTL Arena Complex: A Next-Generation Arena
We will put sustainability at the heart of everything we do, from design to build, and throughout operations.
At YTL Arena Complex, we understand that bold, creative and innovative solutions must be taken to fight climate change. The most transformational actions we can take are to reduce man-made greenhouse gas emissions, phase out the use of fossil fuels and move to renewable energy.
Our goal is to be the most responsible and sustainable arena in Europe, and to be carbon neutral from day one.
We are committed to delivering an arena for Bristol that aligns itself with the city’s passion and dedication to environmental causes, building on the work that has continued since Bristol was the first UK city to be named a European Green Capital in 2015.
We fully support the touring industry’s move towards more green practices, with artists such as Billie Eilish, Maroon 5, Tame Impala and The 1975 collaborating with non-profit arts organisationReverbto reduce the environmental footprint of their tours, and educate fans.
Zero fossil fuels
The Complex will operate without the use of fossil fuels. Solar panels covering 10,000m2 combined with two megawatts of battery storage will allow solar harvesting for peak time use. Air source heat pumps will provide ambient heating and cooling, while LED lighting will be used throughout the Complex, linked back to an intelligent building management system.
By repurposing the Brabazon Hangars, the birthplace of Concorde, we will save approximately 18,600 tonnes CO2 from being emitted compared to building a completely new structure. The concrete floor, which supported every UK-built Concorde, will be retained as the event floor, where fans will be able to dance.
We will actively encourage our visitors to choose sustainable forms of travel through our messaging and ticketing. A new train station connecting the venue to Temple Meads in 15 minutes, along with a new Metrobus service will link the Arena to Bristol and beyond.
Rainwater harvesting will reduce our water consumption by more than 70%, and 100% of water collected will be used to flush toilets in the Arena.
We will source more than 75% of our products and services locally, sharing our success with the wider community and driving business to the region. The Arena will attract 1.4m visitors to the city region generating in excess of 300,000 more overnight stays as fans choose to stay in city hotels, adding £60m per year to the city’s tourism economy.
The Complex will create 500 new jobs with a starting salary of the living wage and offer apprenticeships and work experience opportunities.
A community stage will offer local, up-and-coming artists the chance to showcase their talents, and through our community programme we will collaborate with city partners to use the power of music and entertainment for greater good.
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