Councillors’ approval of Bristol’s flagship arena project is a welcome twist in a story that goes back two decades.
Bringing a big city arena to Bristol has been a long-standing cultural ambition. A huge collective effort has been put into getting the vision for a gleaming 12,000-capacity venue and a redeveloped cultural and residential quarter beside Temple Meads to this stage.
The former Diesel Depot site which will host the facility has lain largely fallow for years since it earned its name for engine goods storage. And there are many good reasons for the seemingly slow progress.