A look inside Bristol Beacon

In October we stepped back onto the building site of Bristol Beacon for the first time in 7 months, and it’s changed quite a lot.

During the pandemic Willmott Dixon, the construction team responsible for the transformation, have been working hard to overcome the challenges presented by a 153 year old building.

Huge structural changes have been taking place including:

  • the removal of the roof and reinforcement of the original walls with temporary steelwork
  • careful restoration of the Bristol Byzantine masonry and plaster work in The Lantern
  • continued investigation of a well discovered in our cellar, and thought to serve the Elizabethan Great House which once stood on the site

Walking back on site and standing in the mud where we used to cheer alongside thousands of music lovers to our favourite artists, we were taken aback by the scale of the project.

It might have just been the cool October rain, but we all felt a shiver of excitement running through us as we began to see the transformed Bristol Beacon taking shape.

Here are some photos from our Bristol Beacon site tour in October 2020 below. Click here to find out more about our transformation.

The tour was conducted prior to the national lockdown, wearing masks and observing social distancing.

Photography by Duncan Smith and Alex Riley


Welcome to
Bristol Beacon

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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