Zaha Hadid works up rival plan for contested Bristol site

Zaha Hadid Architects' proposal for Bristol's Temple Island

Populous already has planning for city centre arena

Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed its proposals for a site in the centre of Bristol that already has planning consent for a £123m arena designed by Populous.

The architect was hired by Legal & General which has been eyeing the five-acre site next to Temple Meads station, now known as Temple Island.

The council-owned site, previously Arena Island, was reserved for a major music and conference centre by former RIBA president George Ferguson when he was mayor of Bristol. He argued the city lacked a venue of sufficient size to attract international acts.

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