Bonus Arena Wins Prestigious RICS Award
The Bonus Arena in Hull was amongst the winners announced at the RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors) Awards 2019, picking up the award for the Design through Innovation Category.

Regarded as one of the most prestigious property and construction awards in the country and with awards spanning across eight categories, RICS recognises the most innovative projects in the region and their impact on local communities. As winners of the Design through Innovation Category for Yorkshire and Humber, the RICS judges praised the team behind the Bonus Arena for pushing the design boundaries and using innovative solutions to deliver a striking new facility.

Located in the centre of Hull, the £40million project is critical to the continued development of the city following its UK city of culture accolade in 2017. The Bonus Arena is a state-of-the-art music and events complex, and with a capacity of up to 3,500 it allows the city to attract large corporate conferences, as well as major touring concerts, stand-up comedy, family shows and sporting events. Situated close to key road and rail networks, it’s location is perfect to connect the city of Hull and make it more accessible to visitors in and outside of the city.

We were delighted to be awarded the contract to design and manufacture the cladding, and around 1750m2 of CGL Horizontal Discreet Fix Traypanel System was installed. This system was chosen partly due to its superior functionality when it comes to achieving the perfect alignment of panel joins. With over 3000 individual panels and associated copings and flashings being installed, this feature was vital to the overall finish.

AFL Architects came up with a carefully considered choice of colours that ensured the venue was modern and vibrant, but completely in keeping with its location. The three shades of grey cladding that were used followed a random pattern, which made the logistics a real challenge, but was well worth the final look of this unique venue.

In a category full of strong competition, this award is a great achievement, and we are delighted to be part of the fantastic team who delivered this project.

Well done to everyone who worked on the The Bonus Arena.