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Environmental Sustainability

Creating a sustainable space

Bristol Beacon has set ourselves the target to become the UK’s first carbon neutral concert hall by 2030.

In 2021, we appointed Hope Solutions – expert sustainability consultants in the music sector – to advise on how to get there.

Bristol Beacon’s foyer was built with sustainability in mind and our newly transformed venue, due to reopen in 2023, has been designed with equal consideration to our environmental impact.

Since we opened our foyer in 2009 we have increased our use of renewable energy and during the transformation of the Grade-II listed building, we are working on a strategy to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030.

How we plan to be more sustainable

Together with partners, Bristol Beacon will build on current sustainable practices, take immediate actions and work to finalise a detailed delivery plan towards carbon neutrality.

Co-founder of Pukka Herbs, Tim Westwell has been appointed as a Trustee of Bristol Beacon. He brings his experience of conscious leadership in business to the organisation and to the sustainability agenda.

Key delivery partners also include international sustainability advisor Sydney Opera House, which became the first arts venue in the world to achieve carbon neutral status in 2018, and transformation building contractors and sustainability partners Willmott Dixon, who have been carbon neutral since 2012 and were the first in the construction industry to achieve this status. Willmott Dixon’s Group and Regional Sustainability teams will provide support in the development of our sustainability plan.

Our current sustainable activity

  • We use our building in the most energy efficient and sustainable way we can
  • We convert daylight into power with our 20 solar panels, which heat the majority of our water
  • We save around eight tonnes of carbon dioxide by using the solar panels and other energy efficient measures
  • We light the foyer using our computerised lighting with daylight sensors, allowing us to plan our energy use and prevent waste
  • We install energy efficient lighting wherever possible
  • We use movement sensitive light switches in areas which are used infrequently
  • We have low water-use taps with automatic on/off mechanisms on all sinks in the public area
  • All of our toilets are water efficient
  • We recycle all bottles, paper, cardboard and anything that isn’t recyclable is incinerated and turned into energy
  • We source local produce where possible and use local companies such as Marshfield ice cream and Bath Ales
  • We ventilate the foyer building naturally

The transformed Bristol Beacon will provide

  • BREAM very good status
  • Energy Efficiency and lower Co2 consumption: through the use of LED lighting throughout the performances spaces we estimate we will be able to save 114,240 KW of energy, amounting to 51tonnes of Co2. This amounts to only 13% of the power we previously used for lighting.
  • Renewable energy: our new Photovoltaic panels will generate 26,000kws of energy – making a saving of 11 tonnes of Co2 against our energy usage
  • Reducing water consumption: this is considered across the building project.
  • Material Use: building materials used for the new construction elements will be ethically sourced. All timber specified will be legally sourced in accordance with the Government’s Timber Procurement Policy.
  • Many elements of the deconstruction of the build will be recycled within the building such as in the reuse of timber floors and timber panels
  • 0% of demoliton waste has gone to landfill
  • Bringing a historic building back to life instead of building again from scratch

What are our next steps to achieving carbon neutrality?

  • Workshops exploring baselines and compiling a comprehensive strategy with Willmott Dixon’s sustainability experts
  • Keeping our audiences up to date with events like our Discovery Day
  • Making contact with local sustainability networks
  • Exploring how our programme can reflect our sustainability ambitions and open conversations about the issues