Season 2, Ep. 7 – Going Carbon Neutral!

Welcome back to our new-look podcast – How To Build A Music Venue – the series which has a backstage pass to the transformation of Colston Hall in Bristol.

In this episode, and in the wake of the climate crisis, we look at turbo charging our sustainability ambitions and how the venue can go carbon neutral. That’s right, in October 2019 the Hall was the first concert venue in the UK to announce its ambition to be carbon neutral by 2030.

Harriet Robinson chats to Rosa Corbishley, Development Director at the Hall, about the ambition, as well as Tim Westwell, co-founder of Pukka Herbs and newly appointed board member who will be championing the creation of a sustainability plan for the Hall.

What’s more we hear from Emma Bombonato from Sydney Opera House about how they became the first carbon neutral concert venue in the world, and their role as international sustainability advisors to the Hall, and Alex Roberts, Senior Sustainability Manager with the Hall’s carbon neutral contractor Willmott Dixon.

Follow the journey on social media using the hashtag #transformthehall

Listen to the episode in the player below. Or visit the main podcast page to hear more and download episodes via Soundcloud or Spotify by clicking here.


Presented by Harriet Robinson
Produced by Louise Orchard, 2°West

Thank you to the contributors:

Rosa Corbishley – Development Director, Bristol Music Trust
Tim Westwell – Co-founder of Pukka Herbs and BMT Board Member
Emma Bombonato – Environmental Sustainability Manager, Sydney Opera House
Alex Roberts – Senior Sustainability Manager, Willmott Dixon

Read the carbon neutrality press announcement here:

Find out more about the transformation:

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.

More info Enter site