Arena operators are being invited to bid to operate the Bristol Arena, due to open in 2017. At a bidders day last week potential operators heard about the proposals for the 12,000 capacity entertainment venue and exciting plans for the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.
The successful operator will be expected to input into the design of the arena as well as leading its operation and programme, working in partnership with the council, community and stakeholders.
George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol said: “We have had tremendous interest in the Bristol Arena project from potential operators. Bristol is the 7th largest city in England and it is considered as having the largest untapped market for an arena in the UK. Operators were interested to hear about the council’s vision for Arena Island and its place in the Bristol Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone. This is a vital project for Bristol’s cultural offer and regional economy.”
Interested bidders have until 6th June 2014 to submit their first stage pre-qualification questionnaire (PQQ). Those that meet the initial requirements will then be invited to submit a tender. It is expected that the successful operator will be selected in the Autumn.
The operator procurement will then be followed by the appointment of a design team, with the operator developing the design with the council. The Arena is programmed to open in the summer of 2017.