• Architecture
  • Arts

Bristol Beacon, Phase 2, Bristol


In 2023 we completed the highly-anticipated reimagining of Bristol Beacon for Bristol City Council and Bristol Music Trust. This transformational project has created a centre of excellence for music of all kinds, where it can be created, performed, recorded and broadcast, all under one roof.

This is the second and final phase of a project that promotes Bristol Beacon as an exemplar of international quality within the music industry. Alongside an expert team, we repaired, restored and upgraded the original fabric of the Grade II listed building, conserving the distinctive Victorian architecture while reimagining its future. The architectural works celebrate the highly significant Bristol Byzantine style of the original building whilst adapting it for today’s audiences and modern venue operation.

The project’s programmatic needs were extensive, including: the renewal of existing music performance halls and backstage areas; the remodelling of secondary spaces, such as the underused cellars, to introduce new music education studios and club-style third venue; and the insertion of new AV, stage engineering and upgraded building services. Additionally, a new restaurant has been incorporated within the historic colonnade, complementing the venues with a characterful dining space for visitors and audiences to enjoy.

Project Details:

The reimagination and restoration of a Grade II listed concert hall to create a centre of excellence for music of all kinds.

Client: Bristol City Council, Bristol Music Trust

Construction Value: Confidential

Completion: 2023

Location: Bristol


  • Architecture Today, Schüco Excellence Awards 2024, Health, Culture and Leisure Buildings: Winner
  • Building Design, Architect of the Year Awards 2024, Public Building Architect of the Year: Shortlisted
  • Planning Awards 2019, Award for Best Use of Heritage in Placemaking: Shortlisted
  • Mix Awards 2024, Public Sector Project of the Year: Shortlisted
  • British Construction Industry Awards, Retroft Project of the Year: Shortlisted

Image: Chris Cooper, Bristol Music Trust / ShotAway