Bristol Arena consultation

Closed 13 Oct 2015

Opened 16 Sep 2015

Results expected 16 Nov 2015

Feedback Updated 4 Apr 2016

We Asked

We ran a public consultation on plans for the Bristol Arena: how the venue will look and be accessed on day one of opening and how the surrounding Arena Island could be developed over time. The consultation ran from 16th September 2015 to 13th October 2015 and an accompanying survey received 1066 responses. The survey asked for respondents’ feedback on arena design, the masterplan for Arena Island, arena uses and arena access routes and transport.

You Said

The majority of respondents (86%) supported the proposals to provide a major indoor arena and mixed use development in this location. 77% of respondents said they liked the overall masterplan layout and 85% supported the aspiration to create a highly sustainable arena building. The overall design of the arena was supported with 70% responding that they generally liked it. There was high support (86%) for the proposal to create a vibrant location on Arena Island through pop-up events and outdoor activities.

A number of concerns were raised during the consultation around access to the arena site, the quality of pedestrian and cycle routes (particularly from the south) traffic congestion and parking on residential streets.

We Did

Some aspects of the proposals were revised following the consultation:

  • The amount of informal event space in the plaza has been increased and plans developed further to show how this space can be used for performances, outdoor cinema, festivals and markets. Water jets and green terraces have been included in the plaza designs
  • A new widened cycle path and walkway from Three Lamps Junction on the A4 via a new bridge over the railway line to link with the Arena Terrace has been proposed
  • Park and Ride services will be in place for events of over 9,000 capacity, instead of 10,000 as proposed in the consultation
  • Additional 'shuttle' trains will run between Bristol Temple Meads and Bristol Parkway stations for the largest 12,000 capacity events
  • Cycle parking has been increased from 200 to just over 250 spaces
  • Temporary road closures of Cattle Market Road and Albert Road between Stanhope St and Feeder Road will be implemented for large events on weekday and weekend evenings
  • The material for the upper façade of the arena has been changed from glass cladding to perforated steel
  • Proposals for photo voltaic panels on the roof of the arena will now be included in the planning application

Additionally, the council has also committed to putting funding aside to cover set-up costs of parking controls in vulnerable residential areas and extend the hours of existing RPS controls as necessary. We are also continuing to investigate options for the best drop-off points for those with mobility issues; how to promote sustainable travel; a public art strategy; and the possibility of an eastern access to Temple Meads station.

Information sessions and an exhibition were held in December to inform local residents about the above changes, the planning applications and how people could view and comment on them via the council’s Planning Online facility.


The Bristol Arena will be a 12,000 capacity venue that can be seamlessly converted into a smaller 5,000 seat venue. It will host over 100 events a year, a mix of music, comedy, family entertainment shows and sports exhibition events. The plans include proposals for transport links into the area. They also show how the derelict Arena Island could be transformed over time into a vibrant, mixed use space that encourages daytime and evening use.

Please see the link below in 'Related links' to look at the consultation exhibition boards on the Bristol Temple Quarter website.

Throughout the consultation period, information will also be on display at the Citizen Service Point, 100 Temple Street BS1 6AG. The Citizen Service Point is open Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm.

From 28th September to 13th October information will be on display at the Central Library, College Green BS1 5TL.

If you have questions to ask the project team, there will be three drop-in sessions where you can do this:

  • 23rd September, 6 – 7.30pm at 100 Temple Street Citizen Service Point
  • 1st October, 6 – 7.30pm at 100 Temple Street Citizen Service Point
  • 26th September at the Galleries, Broadmead.

We will also be consulting with local community groups and Neighbourhood Partnerships and Forums.

Why We Are Consulting

We’re looking for your views to help develop our proposals. This is a pre-planning consultation to get feedback before a full planning application is submitted for the arena and an outline planning application is submitted for Arena Island.

What Happens Next

A full planning application for the arena and an outline planning application for Arena Island will be submitted in late October or early November this year. Following this, there will be a statutory consultation period, during which the submitted plans will be publicly exhibited.


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