A look inside Bristol Beacon

** Photos updated 16 December 2020 **

In the last couple of months we’ve been able to step back onto the building site of Bristol Beacon for the first time, 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
  • beginning restoration of the Victorian glass sky light, which gives The Lantern its name

Walking back on site and standing 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 rain, but we all felt a shiver of excitement running through us as we began to see the transformed Bristol Beacon taking shape.

Scroll down to see some photos from the Bristol Beacon site in October 2020 and December 2020 below. Click here to find out more about our transformation.

Plus, in this video from RIBA South West, hear from Mark Lewis and Irene Craik, Associate Director and Senior Practice Director from Levitt Bernstein Architects, as they share the challenges and triumphs of the transformation so far,

Photography by Duncan Smith + Alex Riley
Tours were conducted wearing masks and observing social distancing.

Photography by Wilmott Dixon
Tours were conducted wearing masks and observing social distancing.

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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