A Peek Behind the Curtain at YTL Arena Bristol

Andrew Billingham, CEO of YTL Arena Bristol, shares an exciting project update, and what we’re looking forward to in 2022.


It’s been a few months since we last updated you on our plans to transform the Brabazon Hangars into the first large scale indoor arena and exhibition centre in the region, creating a new headline act for the South West.

Designing a world-class venue

We are currently completing the technical design phase. This is a huge, complex project, so getting through this period is time-consuming and intense, but we are making great progress. We are continuing to work with our incredible design team; Grimshaw Architects, Griffith Evans and OPS Structures, and with their support, we are designing an arena and exhibition space that everybody from Bristol and the South West can be proud of.

  
As the region’s largest arena, we’ll be attracting the top global events to Bristol.

Spotlight on sustainability

Sustainability is centre stage of our plans, and we’re making it our goal to create the most responsible and sustainable arena in Europe, and to be carbon neutral from day one. YTL Arena is a Retrofirst solution, and by repurposing the Hangars, we will save approximately 18,600 tonnes CO2 from being emitted - that’s equivalent to 11,200 return flights to New York. Sustainability is at the heart of our approach not just during construction, but throughout operation, including operating without the use of fossil fuels, generating two megawatts of energy from 10,000m2 of solar panels covering the entire roof, and reducing our water consumption by more than 70% through rainwater harvesting.

  
A completely unique venue, YTL Arena is the world’s first to be built inside aircraft hangars.

Talking to the industry

We’ve been talking with the very best in the business to make sure we have one of the biggest and best service yards in Europe, from production managers, promoters and trucking companies. Everyone at YTL Arena will have a first-class experience, whether you are coming to see a show or putting one on.

 
At 15,000m2, our back of house will become the biggest service yard in Europe.

Best-connected Arena

 We’ve also been working hard to ensure we are building the best-connected arena. YTL Developments and Network Rail recently released the first computer-generated images of the proposed new train station at Brabazon, only 200m from the Arena. Once completed, the station will connect us to Bristol Temple Meads in less than 15 minutes. You can read more about that here.

 
The new train station will connect us to Temple Meads in only 15 minutes.

The Hangars take a leading role

Hollywood came to the Hangars this year and our iconic industrial site was used as the backdrop for Netflix’s sci-fi adventure The Last Bus, and Amazon Prime’s teen spy thriller Alex Rider. We’ve also opened our doors to emerging artists, who have filmed some incredible music videos.

Conal Kelly performs his new song Mallory (Nobody Quite Like You). Filmed by Elliot Withers, Lion Island Media.

 

Rolling out the red carpet

Next spring, we’ll be rolling out the red carpet for the launch of our premium memberships. Members will be treated to a range of exciting perks, such as pre-sale tickets, discounts on food, drinks and hospitality experiences, and the chance to win free backstage VIP experiences. Keep an eye on ytlarenabristol.co.uk, we’ll have some exciting news soon...

  
This is no ordinary night out. Every fan will have unforgettable experiences pre and post show.

Countdown to opening

Now we turn our focus to 2022 and all the exciting things we have coming up next! We’ll be beginning the demolition and construction phase, as we prepare to transform the Brabazon Hangars into a next-generation entertainment venue.

We’re thrilled to have already received enquiries from promoters looking to book events for 2024-25. We are starting to pursue those live enquiries, building up a fantastic calendar of events. Demand is greater than ever in the music industry and it’s amazing to see shows coming back, from sold-out arenas and outdoor festivals.

The countdown to opening is on! And over the next three years, our recruitment drive will grow, hiring over 500 people, both permanent and event staff.

Keep an eye out for new vacancies and opportunities on our social @ytlarenabristol or sign up to our newsletter here