Bristol deserves to be at the forefront of European cities. However, it does not fulfil all the criteria to join the top ranks: a five star hotel, exhibition and conference facilities, a premier league football club and an arena. An arena for Bristol will help put Bristol on the world stage.
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.