Plan for £49m Bristol music hall revamp

Aaron Morby 1 year ago

Bristol Music Trust has unveiled ambitious plans for the £49m revamp of the city’s Colston Hall into a world-class music hub.

The refurbishment plan has been launched as part of plans to celebrate the venue’s 150 anniversary in September.

Colston Hall’s remodelling and upgrading has been designed by architects Levitt Bernstein.

It will see the capacity of the main concert hall increased and major changes to the stage, making it more flexible and able to accommodate larger bands and orchestras and more production equipment.

Colston Hall’s second venue, The Lantern, will also be redeveloped into a versatile performance venue with flexible seating technology.

The venue’s historic cellars will be used again for the first time in 100 years, turned into educational workshop spaces, a hub for performing arts business enterprises and a new performance area.

Colston Hall

The Lantern hall will also be refurbished

Colston Hall

Colston Hall’s cellars will be opened up for the first time

Colston Hall’s frontage will also be restored and a new restaurant will be built where the venue’s old ticket office currently sits.

A formal planning application is due to be submitted later this year.

It marks the second phase of improvements in recent years. The first phase involved the construction of the £20m foyer space, which opened in 2009.

The rest of the building has not been refurbished for 60 years, making it the only major concert hall in the UK not to have been redeveloped in recent times.

Under the plan, Colston Hall’s main hall and The Lantern will be closed from early summer 2018 to Easter 2020 to allow for the construction works.

Louise Mitchell, chief executive of Bristol Music Trust: “The Hall hasn’t been updated since the 1950’s, so it’s long overdue a refurbishment that will give Bristol and the West Country a world class venue to be proud of.

“Today, we invite the public to view our plans for the Hall that will transform it into a performance centre fit for the 21st century and secure its place as a leading national arts centre for the next 150 years.”

The Trust is working with a range of funders, including Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery to secure project finance.

Latest news

BAM to finish Carillion’s Birmingham Paradise project

One Chamberlain Square subcontractors get all-clear to restart stalled project
1 day ago

Construction worker stabbed on Liverpool site

Police arrest man after incident on city centre job
18 hours ago

Carillion fells M&E specialist with 160 jobs at risk

Vaughan Engineering ceases to trade, closing Edinburgh, Warrington and Newcastle offices
1 day ago

Torsion lands record deal with £28m resi win

Contractor beats Interserve and Speller Metcalfe to Birmingham job
1 day ago

Delayed Aberdeen Bypass pushed back an extra 6 months

Transport Scotland caught unawares by Balfour Beatty project delay statement in results
2 days ago

Lendlease director to lead drive to recruit more military vets

Angela Forbes to chair BuildForce initiative to tempt ex-forces personnel into a construction career
1 day ago

Police admit role in construction blacklist scandal

Scotland Yard confirms undercover officers spied on building workers
1 day ago

Boot shines with record profits up 40%

Mixed development, land and construction model pays big dividends
1 day ago

Council advances plan to build a university in Milton Keynes

Feasibility work starts on building a 5,000 student university
1 day ago

Boost your online presence with the new Enquirer Directory

New site for suppliers and buyers will showcase their products, services and latest stories
3 weeks ago

Morgan Sindall gets funding nod for £28m A421 upgrade

Work to start in weeks on final 3km stretch of A421 dualling near Milton Keynes
1 day ago

Private equity firm buys railway ground engineer Aspin

Aspin sets sights on £60m revenue target by 2020
2 days ago

Family pays tribute to demolition worker killed in fall

Statement highlights human cost of construction accidents
2 days ago

Interserve agrees £292m rescue funding with banks

Banks extend borrowing facility to £834m in short-term fix for Interserve
3 days ago

£5bn Southern Construction Framework renewal race starts

Eleven contractors in fight to retain places on UK's largest regional framework
2 days ago

Sunderland council rebids Carillion Vaux brewery project

Work set to restart on Sunderland business district scheme
2 days ago

PwC racks up £20m fees since Carillion collapse

PwC is charging 12,500 a week for each member of staff
3 days ago

Crossrail construction enters final stages: Picture special

Latest site shots released as nine-month countdown to completion begins
2 days ago

BAM confirmed for £65m Leeds Uni science complex

Work starts on University's largest ever single project investment
3 days ago

New UK Managing Director at Turner & Townsend

Patricia Moore promoted to run whole UK operation
3 days ago

Cladding specialist Cover Structure goes into administration

Robertson takes over from stricken subcontractor on Aberdeen conference centre
4 days ago

Watkin Jones 780-bed Coventry student scheme approved

Student accommodation builder's work pipeline swells to nearly 10,000 rooms
3 days ago

Rival rescues Hydrock division from administration

Vertase FLI swoops to safeguard jobs under threat at QDS Contracting
3 days ago

BAM gets planning for £23m Aylesbury school

Work to start next month on Buckinghamshire secondary school
3 days ago

Procure North West launches £2bn bid race

New north west region public building framework launched
3 days ago

Kier clinches £57m student village for Warwick Uni

Five student blocks to be demolished to make way for new buildings
4 days ago

Clugston to start work on £25m Hull warehouse

Arco national distribution centre will be extended for extra 220,000 sq ft
4 days ago

McAlpine JV wins pre-construction deal on £466m hospital

J3 Limited joint venture chosen for new Jersey hospital
4 days ago

Lendlease and McLaren win £1bn Manchester St John’s scheme

Enabling work to start next month on St John's neighbourhood
4 days ago

DNA research firm to build new plant in Oxfordshire

Oxford Nanopore reveals plans for new manufacturing centre after £100m cash injection
4 days ago

Contractor services