YTL Arena Complex: Putting Bristol on the world stage

Repurposing the Brabazon Hangars to create an exciting new venue for the South West, attracting the world’s best entertainment and putting people at the heart of everything we do.

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The birthplace of Concorde, the Brabazon Hangars are steeped in history. Today we celebrate the past while investing in the future, transforming them into the Home of Supersonic.

The 26-acre site of the three Hangars is larger than London O2’s 22 acres and will offer a 17,080 capacity arena, a flat floor exhibition space and a hub offering food, drink and leisure facilities.

We aspire to being an industry disruptor – in true Bristol style, we want to lead the way and do things differently. Visitors to the arena from afar will discover the true character of Bristol, and locals will feel at home. The Runway Bar on the ground floor will celebrate all that is great about Bristol and the South West, serving local food and drink, while local bands and entertainers perform on the community stage.

Innovating and using tech, we’ll create the next generation of food and drink experiences, reducing hole-in the wall concessions and queues to buy food and drinks: at YTL Arena there will be a choice of bars and lounges where people can relax and socialise.

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Sustainability is a driving force: both environmentally and financially. YTL Arena Complex will be one of the world’s first net zero carbon venues, with solar panelling across the expansive roof, battery storage and using no fossil fuels, rainwater harvesting to reduce our water consumption by up to 70%, no single use plastics, a green staff transport policy and sourcing 75% of our products and services locally. Using digital technology we aspire to being a cashless venue, with no need for paper tickets.

Our comprehensive traffic management plan aims to drive down car dependency and includes the provision of shuttle bus services and additional park and ride facilities on large event days. A new train station will connect the arena to Bristol city centre in just 15 minutes.

The innovative and bespoke stage design is a hybrid of other configurations and will allow the arena to be flexible and multi-purpose. This will enable us to attract anything from a 17,080 full capacity show with the stage at one end, to a smaller more intimate theatre-style event with audiences of 4,000. In addition, the stage can be replaced with more seating to create an auditorium in the round, allowing for sporting events such as tennis and basketball. The innovative design means that Bristol will attract new events and new business, acting as a gateway to the South West.

Bristol has waited a generation to have an arena. Our designs will not only put Bristol on the world stage today but will also create a legacy for future generations.

There are three interconnected hangars. Each offers a different experience: Festival Hall (the East Hangar): a flat floor space for exhibitions, conventions, trade shows and other events.

YTL Arena (the Centre Hangar): with a capacity of 17,080, the multi-purpose auditorium will host everything from full capacity live music shows, sporting events, family entertainment and comedy shows.

The Hub (the West Hangar): a place to eat, work and play. With a visitor attraction, leisure, workspace, and food and drink.

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