Allies and Morrison is to lead the ‘design vision’ for Bristol’s Arena Island – the future home for a £91million, 12,000-capacity horseshoe-shaped arena. The practice was appointed by Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to oversee the development of the disused former diesel train depot east of Bristol Temple Meads station.
The HCA is investing £11million in new bridge linking to the site and unlock it for development and Bristol City Council are currently inviting bids from organisations to both design and operate the arena itself.
Allies and Morrison was part of the team which led the masterplanning exercise for the transformation of London 2012’s Olympic Park and the regeneration of the Kings Cross area of London.
The architect has been given the task of creating detailed plans for the public space, street plan and buildings which will form a creative ‘hub’. The work on the Arena Island site will also include an assessment of partners’ current thinking for the site and a series of discussions with key stakeholders.
Drawings which will inform future development on the site will be produced by the end of the year alongside a delivery plan for the HCA’s five enterprise zone sites, which is being led by Arup and a team that includes internationally renowned Gehl Architects.
Article by Marco Rinaldi