Bristol Arena Design Competition

Sponsor: RIBA

Location: Bristol, UK

Type: Invited, 2-stage

Languages: English

Eligiblity: The multi-disciplinary design team can be led by a consultancy with suitable experience, which could include an engineering or architectural practice. Collaborative submissions are encouraged. A combination of arena experience and an understanding of the specific Architecture will be of significant importance.

Practising architects within the multi-disciplinary design team must be registered with the Architects Registration Board in the UK, or an equivalent regulatory authority for overseas based applicants.

Entrance Fee: £50

Awards: Each team short-listed to proceed to the design phase of the competition shall receive an honorarium of £20,000 (plus VAT).


18 September 2014 – Deadline for Expressions of Interest

12 January 2015 – Stage 2 submission deadline

Jury: To be announced

Design Challenge: Bristol City Council have announced an Invited Design Competition providing multi-disciplinary design teams with the opportunity to design a 12,000 capacity entertainment arena in Bristol. The experienced design team will have architectural and engineering
capabilities as well as capabilities within the arena/performance venue field and significant knowledge of sustainability and the creation and development of urban spaces.

The purpose of the design competition is to select a multidisciplinary design team that best demonstrates their ability to design an arena for Bristol which is affordable, compliant with
Bristol City Councilʼs and the operatorʼs requirements, demonstrates industry best practice and shows innovation. It is the aspiration of Bristol City Council that the winning submission will be taken forward as the design for the Bristol Arena, however BCC reserve the right to require the winning design team to develop a new design in place of the design submitted in the competition.

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