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We will breathe new life into the historic Brabazon hangars, transforming them into an exciting, vibrant destination open all year round, offering a range of entertainment events, and creating a new place to live, work and visit. Visitors to the arena will experience more than a show, with vibrant food and drink areas, lounges and bars, and live pre-show entertainment on our community stage, showcasing local talent. We will take live music and entertainment into the community to inspire and engage the next generation. 

The supersonic heritage and pioneering history of the hangars is a precious gift which we will celebrate and preserve for all to enjoy.
We will embrace technology, create an integrated transport infrastructure and provide real-time information. The YTL Arena journey starts with the click of a button for all; fans, artists, promoters and staff. The arena will be environmentally and financially sustainable, considering challenges throughout the design, construction and future operation. It will be a place to serve the changing community needs, creating a destination for all. The hangars will continue to stand the test of time and adapt for future generations. 

We want to create a venue that benefits everyone – from the up and coming musicians looking for their first gig, to the stars at the very pinnacle of their careers. We will nurture and celebrate new talent and put Bristol on the world stage as a city of music. We’ve had the Merseybeat and the Manchester Sound, now is the time for Bristol to make new legends, it’s time for Bristol to be heard! 

The arena will form part of a wider new neighbourhood for north Bristol. The Brabazon hangars sit on the edge of Filton Airfield, a historic local landmark that is now being transformed into Brabazon, a thriving new neighbourhood for Bristol. The 380 acres of the airfield will become a new urban community: the masterplan set out by YTL Developments will deliver more than 2,600 homes, creative workplaces and a vibrant town centre set amid landscaped public squares and parkland. 

A connected arena for all.

A new entertainment destination and gateway to the South West

With the opening of the north fringe Metrobus route and a new train station with regular services to Bristol Temple Meads close by, the arena will be a stone’s throw from Bristol city centre. 

The M4 and M5 are on the doorstep, connecting YTL Arena Bristol to a wider audience across the South West and beyond. At 26 acres, the sheer size of the site offers numerous opportunities. With space to accommodate more than 50 articulated vehicles on site, major events and shows will be able to gain access and park with little impact on the surrounding area. Other city venues often experience problems with large scale events as they have nowhere to park the lorries. We aim to create an arena which offers a world class experience for all – including the support staff and crews servicing the events.

Delivering significant economic impact

Our success will be built on the wider community embracing YTL Arena Bristol as their own.

We’re already establishing city partnerships, and will be working with local hotels, guesthouses, bars and restaurants, and other city attractions to drive tourism and overnight stays. By working with local businesses and sourcing local products and services everyone benefits – financially, but also environmentally. It is estimated that the new entertainment destination will attract more than 1m annual visitors, creating 500 new jobs and injecting £700m into the local economy over the next 25 years. People are at the heart of everything we do – from employing the right people and nurturing their skills and talents, to making sure our customers have the best possible experience. This is a great opportunity to make a difference and change lives!

 

"We're committed to building an arena for the South West and putting Bristol on the world stage"

ANDREW BILLINGHAM
MANAGING DIRECTOR, YTL ARENA OPERATIONS

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