The public consultation on Colston Hall’s physical transformation plans, which was required as part of the formal planning process, ran throughout February 2017. Thank you to all who took part.
We have now reviewed all of the feedback we received and it has informed our planning application which was submitted in the summer of 2017.
Overview of the public consultation
BMT and Bristol City Council have engaged with key stakeholders, statutory consultees, near neighbours and the wider public throughout the design stages.
Who we consulted with
Statutory consultees, with whom we have sought early advice surrounding heritage issues since 2013 include:
Bristol City Council city design group
20th Century Society
The Victorian Society
Bristol Civic Society
Bristol Neighbourhood Planning Network
Christmas Steps Arts Quarter
Conservation Advisory Panel
Kingsdown Conservation Group
Rotary Club of Bristol
Bristol Urban Design forum
Local residents and near neighbours
Artists including classical performers
We regularly seek customer and public feedback, and have been inviting comment on the current Hall and design proposals since 2013.
Regular post event questionnaire to customers asking about the quality of our facilities
Doors Open Day – designs were displayed, 16 written responses submitted
Public consultation – a 3 week public consultation was launched in February 2017 focused around a public exhibition of the proposals on display in the foyer of Colston Hall and available on the Trust website.
As part of this consultation a number of events were held for various audiences including staff and key stakeholders, together with drop-in sessions at the exhibition for the wider public.
Particular events that were held for access groups, including:
Attitude is Everything
The British Paraorchestra
Bristol Physical Access Chain
Open Up Music
Live Music Now
University of the West of England
Colston Hall’s Access Register members
What we consulted on
Aesthetic design of the building and the key spaces including maintaining historic features and addition of new features such as the spiral staircase
Access through the building for those with disabilities, including access for disabled performers
Customer comfort including seat comfort, leg room and air conditioning
Redesigning the main hall balconies to improve acoustics
Main hall sightlines
Improvements to the Colston Street façade including the addition of a restaurant with a glass facade
Improvements to the public realm
How the stakeholder contributions and outcomes have influenced the project brief and building design
Customer feedback included – “uncomfortable seating, lack of leg room, lack of adequate ventilation and also poor facilities such as toilets”. Our response to this includes:
Seating rows are wider than existing to improve accessibility and increase leg room. Some rows are extra-wide to further improve accessibility
Phase 2 provides an increased number of WCs, particularly for disabled people and females
A new mechanical ventilation system will be installed to provide fresh air into the concert hall to improve visitor comfort
Heritage responses: Design of Lantern Building south façade
This has been changed to retain more Victorian fabric and the new interventions have been scaled-down
Classical performers: Improve acoustics
Alterations to alignment of choir side walls to improve projection of sound into the audience and reduce risk of over-loudness.
Public Consultation report
To read a full report on the community involvement that formed part of the formal planning process for Colston Hall’s transformation plans, click the links below to download.