Mayor pledges to refurbish Colston Hall

30 11 2012

Bristol Mayor George Ferguson has gone cap in hand to London for the first time since being elected. His demands yesterday included extra funding to plug the £34 million in the city council’s finances for next year’s budget, £50 million for a River Avon flood barrier and an integrated transport authority.

Ferguson also wants £40 million for the refurbishment of the Colston Hall auditorium, to create a world class concert venue.

Colston Hall became independent from Bristol City Council in May 2011 when the Bristol Music Trust was formed, with the dual aims of managing the operations of the venue, and also “to drive forward music across Bristol”.

Bristol Music Trust chief executive Louise Mitchell welcomed Ferguson’s aims to secure a grand future for the hall; aims also backed by Simon Cook, former council leader who will be joining the mayor’s cabinet with responsibility for culture.

Mitchell said: “As one of Bristol’s key cultural organisations The Bristol Music Trust is delighted that Mayor George Ferguson is supporting plans to transform the Colston Hall into the international music venue that Bristol deserves.

“The redevelopment of the hall will deliver performance spaces where all types of music can be performed, explored and enjoyed at the highest level.

“We are proud that George Ferguson sees the project as a priority for Bristol and that music can play such a strong role in strengthening the unique cultural infrastructure of our city.”



3 responses

30 11 2012

if they do refurbish the Hall (didn’t they spend tens of millions doing that just a few years ago?) it would be good if they could put in enough toilets to properly accommodate 2,000 people. The current facilities are hopelessly inadequate.

1 12 2012

I agree with the above comments and would also rather the £40 million was spent on the new Bristol Arena which I’m sure would benefit and be used by more people. Perhaps George Ferguson should ask the people of Bristol what they want!

1 12 2012

George messes with that auditorium at his peril. It has some of the finest acoustics in Europe:

Built in ’51 – the same year as the Festival Hall – it’s a classic of its kind.

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