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Bristol’s YTL Arena set for 2023 opening

18 April 2020

THE PROPOSED 17,000-capacity YTL Arena in Bristol has cleared its final planning hurdle, following the decision by Robert Jenrick, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, not to review the project’s consent, approved by Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils in March.

It will be built at historic Brabazon hangars in the city’s northern district of Filton, where the Brabazon and Concorde airliners were developed, and expects to open in early 2023,

When constructed, it will form the focal point of a new £100 million housing development and train station on the former airfield.

“We will appoint the builder in next six months, who will be on site early next year for a two-year build,” says YTL Arena MD Andrew Billingham. “The train station will open in 2021.”

Updated plans feature the main arena in the centre of three hangars with a Festival Hall for trade shows and exhibitions in the East Hangar and The Hub, a visitor attraction with food, drink and leisure facilities in the West Hangar.

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