• Architecture
  • Arts

Bristol Beacon, Bristol


This scheme will become Bristol's new musical hub. We devised a phased programme for works: phase one was completed in 2009 and the design for phase two is currently underway. The first phase involved demolishing part of the site to deliver a new foyer building, with all of the modern facilities necessary for an audience of 2,500 people. At its centre is an open informal performance space, whilst a range of flexible spaces also support the hall’s education, outreach and conference programmes.

Phase two involves sensitively restoring the listed building and Victorian second hall, refurbishing the back stage areas and creating new spaces for learning and creativity. The atmospheric cellars beneath the main hall will also be carefully converted to provide studios for learning and creativity, and an underground venue will extend the hall’s diverse musical reach even further.

For more details, read our Project Story.

Project Details:

Creating a world-class concert hall for the people of Bristol and the south west.

Client: Bristol City Council

Construction Value: £13.7m (phase 1) and £84m (phase 2)

Completion: 2009 (phase 1) and 2023 (phase 2)

Location: Bristol


  • Planning Awards 2019, Award for Best Use of Heritage in Placemaking: Shortlisted
  • Constructing Excellence Awards 2010, South West, Project of the Year: Winner
  • Bristol Civic Society 2010, Environmental Award: Winner
  • South West Built Environment Awards 2010: Project of the Year
  • RIBA Awards 2010: Shortlisted
  • RIBA South West Town and Country Design Awards 2010: Shortlisted
  • LABC West Building Excellence Awards 2010, Best Public Service Building: Commended

Image: Simon Doling