Idom Merebrook shortlisted to design Bristol Arena

Idom Merebrook is one of five leading multi-disciplinary consultancies shortlisted to design the new Bristol Arena. The five teams have been selected through the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) International Invited Design Competition. The competition generated interest from over 30 designers worldwide, and the successful team will be announced in March.

The Bristol Arena is a £91 million project. The design brief is to create a 12,000 capacity entertainment arena, suitable to attract top global music acts in the city’s Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. The arena is part of the local authority’s plan to regenerate the 70 hectares area, surrounding Bristol Temple Meads station and is due to open in 2017.

The five designs are currently on public display and people are able to vote for their favourite online. The Bristol Post has also run a poll for their readers, whereby 30 percent have voted for team ‘E’, 27 percent have voted for team ‘C’, 22 percent have voted for team ‘D’ with both ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams attracting 11 per cent of votes. A panel of judges will decide on the final design.

Nigel Huish, Managing Director, Idom Merebrook and Idom Partner commented:

“We are honoured to have been selected by RIBA as finalist in the competition, the competition is tremendous. However we are very much within our comfort zone to deliver a world class venue of which Bristol can be proud, it has been our work on several high profile projects such as the on the Bilbao Arena, the Olympic Veledrome and Heathrow’s T2 that has created this platform of opportunity for Idom.”

The other multi-disciplinary design teams in the competition include: Grimshaw Architects, designers of the Eden Project, Populous, designer of the London Olympic Stadium, White Arkektor, designers of the Kiruna city plan in Sweden and Wilkinson Eyre designers of the Liverpool Arena.