Developer says proposal will be third largest in UK

Bristol city council has approved a new 17,000-seat arena to be built on the site of the former Filton airfield, five miles to the north of the city.

Developer YTL has been working with Grimshaw Architects on the scheme, which will see three hangars used to manufacture the supersonic Concorde aircraft converted into a new leisure facility.

Due to the scheme’s size and location the council’s approval will be referred to Robert Jenrick, the communities secretary, who will have the final say on the scheme.

The three Brabazon hangars will be redeveloped into a complex featuring a 17,080-capacity live entertainment arena, as well as floorspace for exhibitions and events and other leisure activities.

YTL said construction of the arena complex will be privately funded and it expects to attract 1.4 million people a year, making the venue the third largest after London’s O2 and the Manchester Arena.

Plans to build a Populous-designed Bristol Arena on the five-acre Temple Island, by the city’s main rail station, were scrapped in 2018, with new plans for the site developed by Zaha Hadid architects.

Nearly 300 homes are being built on the site of the Filton aerodrome, forming a community called Brabazon, after the hangars which developed Concorde.

YTL Bristol arena

Three former aircraft hangars will be turned into a new arena complex