YTL Arena

YTL / Bristol, UK

The YTL Arena project, a visionary redevelopment of the iconic Brabazon Assembly Building in Bristol, is set to redefine the landscape of entertainment, community engagement, and environmental stewardship.

A collaboration between McGregor Coxall and Grimshaw Architects, the project masterfully integrates the historical significance of the post-war aviation marvel with a modern, multifaceted design approach. Central to the project is the respect for the building’s heritage, transforming it into a vibrant arena while retaining its industrial charisma. The design extends beyond the arena, introducing dynamic public squares, a seamlessly integrated blue-green infrastructure, and sustainable transport solutions, including a new MetroBus service and ample cycle parking.

The landscape design, guided by five key pillars—unique identity, multifunctionality, connectivity, sustainability, and cost-effectiveness—ensures a harmonious blend of the site’s rich past with forward-looking environmental strategies. The plan emphasizes minimalistic yet functional aesthetics, honoring the site’s historical roots while catering to contemporary needs. From biodetention zones enhancing biodiversity to adaptable spaces hosting diverse events, the YTL Arena is not just an architectural feat but a beacon of community revival and sustainable development, setting new standards for future projects.



Site Area

7 ha


  • Cycleways
  • Development Feasibility
  • Green Wall
  • Landscape Master Plan
  • Open Space
  • Public Realm Planning and Design
  • Regeneration
  • Recreation
  • Shared Streets
  • Urban Design Framework
  • Water and Landscape Policy
  • Water Sensitive Urban Design [WSUD]


  • Grimshaw
  • Momentum Transport
  • OPS Structures
  • Cubix
  • Lumineer Studio
  • Griffiths Evans
  • Studio B
  • SA+
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