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Bristol arena gets go-ahead

10 March 2020

PLANS FOR Bristol’s new 17,080-capacity YTL Arena have been given the green light by Bristol City Council and is expected to open in 2023.

In November last year, Malaysian developer YTL submitted a planning application to build the arena at Brabazon Hangars on Filton Airfield.

“There is a huge amount of work to be done now, with detailed designs and plans expected to take at least six months,” says YTL Arena MD Andrew Billingham. “This will be followed by a two-year construction phase.”

The development will also need approval from South Gloucestershire Council as part of the proposed site involves its land. The project will also need final approval from the Secretary of State before it goes ahead.

Elements of the plan include a Temple Meads to Brabazon station rail link and a pedestrian bridge over the railway line, leading to the venue’s entrance.

Billingham says arena’s construction will be fully funded by YTL, and the project is expected to create 500 jobs and inject £1.5 billion into the local economy in the next 25 years.

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