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Grant Associates designs landscape strategy for UK’s third largest arena complex

YTL has submitted a planning application to Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council to repurpose the Brabazon aircraft hangars at the former Filton Airfield, delivering a new entertainment complex for Bristol and the South West.

Landscape architect Grant Associates has worked in partnership with lead Architect Grimshaw, Manica Architecture and OPS Engineers to create the design concept for the project.
YTL’s vision is for the Arena Complex to be capable of hosting up to 17,080 people, putting Bristol on the world map for large-scale events, while also celebrating the site’s place in aviation history.
Sustainability is a key focus. YTL’s proposals include zero waste to landfill, harvesting rainwater and installing solar panels on the vast roof area. By repurposing the existing hangars, the proposals will save more than 18,600 tonnes of carbon emissions alone.
YTL Arena Complex forms part of a wider transformation of the local area. The hangars sit on the edge of the former Filton Airfield, which is now being transformed into Brabazon, a thriving new neighbourhood for Bristol.
Grant Associates has been involved with the creation of Brabazon since 2015. The practice worked closely with architect Allies and Morrison on the Brabazon masterplan and developed the overall landscape strategy for the scheme, one of the largest brownfield sites in the UK. The development of a landscape strategy for YTL Arena Complex will be sympathetic to the local surroundings and the approved schemes that are already under construction at Brabazon.
If the proposals for YTL Arena Complex are given the go ahead, YTL plans to open the doors to the public in early 2023.
Keith French, Director at Grant Associates, comments:
“It’s very exciting to see this ambitious and bold scheme to create a world-class arena complex for Bristol progress to planning.
“Working with Grimshaw and Manica to shape these proposals, our aim is to balance the requirements of a large event space with the need to provide more intimate, human-scaled spaces. We want to create a venue that welcomes people – and nature – into its very heart, inspiring a strong sense of place.”
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