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  Artists depicting the hangar arena complex at Filton Airport Copyright copyright
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An artist's depiction of the hangar arena complex at Filton Airport

Plans to house the UK's third largest arena complex in the hangars where Concorde was made will be presented.

The development at YTL said it intended to privately finance a 1[ads1]7,080 capacity arena complex at Filton Airport's Brabazon hangars in Bristol. [19659007] Since the plans for an arena in Filton were first erected with the Bristol City Council in 2003, the project has been subject to delays and rising costs.

The Council will decide the plans of private investors next spring.

The plans include the East hangar which serves as a meeting area for conferences and exhibitions, the West hangar is a place to dine with leisure facilities and the main central hangar will be the venue.

It is hoped that the development will provide 500 jobs.

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An aerial view of what the hangar arena complex at Filton Airport might look like

Andrew Billingham, CEO of YTL Development, said the commitment would be "100% privately funded" and would be the first time a hangar was turned into an arena.

Mr Billingham said: "We will put Bristol on the world stage with this 365-day complex.

" The venue will be the third largest in the UK after the 02 at London and Manchester Arena. "

The plans for the complex are not This year, former Bristol Mayor George Ferguson said that building an arena on the outskirts of the city rather than downtown would be "a crazy thing to do."

And Tim Davies, head of South West and Wales in the global real estate company Colliers International, considered any new venue in Filton "redundant" due to competing against other major events in the city.

When the BBC was told, Billingham said that the Filton Arena would "complement the city's current offer" of events and venues.

The original plans to build the Filton arena with Bristol City Council had competed with the plans of The Buckingham Group, which wanted to build a site of 12 0 00 seats in the center next to Temple Mead's train station. These plans were stopped by Mr. Ferguson's successor as mayor, Marvin Rees.

Filton Airport closed for commercial flights in December 2012. In 2003, the final Concorde departed to fly from Heathrow to Filton.

If the planning application was accepted, it would hope the arena would open in 2023.

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