BAM selected to build £350 entertainment arena in UK

WCN Editorial Team 3 Apr 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Royal BAM Group (BAM) has been selected by US developer Oak View Group (OVG) as the preferred construction partner for the £350 indoor entertainment arena in the UK.

BAM has signed a pre-contract services agreement with OVG to build the new 23,500-capacity entertainment arena.

OVG has also selected architecture design firm Populous as the principal architect and designer for the new venue, which is planned to be built in the Eastlands district of Manchester, next to the Etihad football stadium.

Expected to be the largest of its kind in the UK, the new sustainable arena will have the flexibility to accommodate multiple event types and will host a broader range of music, sport and entertainment events.

Oak View Group co-founder and CEO Tim Leiweke said: “Manchester is a thriving and vibrant city – and along with BAM, Populous, and our other incredible partners, we are excited about a new addition to its entertainment scene in the coming months.”

The project team also includes BuroHappold, ME Engineers, Vanguardia, Turner & Townsend and Deloitte.

Populous senior principal and project architect Declan Sharkey said: “This ground-breaking venue will set new benchmarks in sustainable arena design, as well as creating an experience and form that sits perfectly within Manchester’s architectural context and vibrant community.”

The new arena is expected to create 3,350 jobs during the construction phase and over 1,000 once completed.

BAM North West Regional Director Ian Fleming said: “Manchester has become a vast and vastly impressive city. Nevertheless, this visionary development will stand out for a long time to come.”

Illustration of the new entertainment arena in Eastlands district of Manchester. (Credit: BAM)

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