Season 2, Ep. 8 – Who Can Build A Music Venue?

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

In this episode, we meet the people who are actually building this thing.

Harriet Robinson chats to staff at contractors Willmott Dixon, who have been charged with the task of transforming the Hall into a venue fit for the 21st century. And there are way more jobs involved than you might expect.

From construction managers to labourers on the ground, and designers to digital engineers working behind the scenes, this is a snapshot into the variety of roles needed to make this project a reality.

What’s more, we get the team to tell us who they’d book for the opening night given the chance, with some interesting suggestions!

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

Photography by Willmott Dixon

Thank you to the contributors:

Kimberley Sweet-Roberts – Social Value Manager, Willmott Dixon
Ryan Williams – Construction Manager, Willmott Dixon
Becky Ray – Health and Safety Manager, Willmott Dixon

Lawrence Ashby – Labourer, Willmott Dixon

Megan Wintersgill – Design Co-ordinator, Willmott Dixon

Kay Jackson – Graphic Designer, Willmott Dixon

Ashdon McFall – Digital Engineer, Willmott Dixon

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