SRA Architects are pleased to be working with Arc on the design of the new rooftop extension to We The Curious Building at Millennium Square, Bristol. Arc will be a new tourist attraction comprising a glass passenger cabin that will rise 69 metres above Bristol’s harbour, providing 360 degree views of the city.
Plans have recently been unveiled for the new attraction which will lift 42 passengers in a glass cabin suspended between two carbon fibre masts which pivot on a 3.2m diameter base in Millennium Square to give a 20 minute scenic flight from We The Curious above the historic harbour side. The £13.5M tourist attraction, the funding of which is secured entirely from private investors, is projected to attract 250,000 visitors a year and estimated to generate £8.3M towards Bristol’s tourist market every year.
The extension will include a new departure lounge and docking station from where the capsule will take off. Arc will be fully solar powered with panels which will be located on the roof of the new extension. Energy will be stored in yacht batteries, which will also recharged as the electric motors slow down – similar to electric cars. The design intentionally doesn’t sit permanently on the skyline, but instead rising and falling for each trip leaving the cityscape largely unchanged.
John Hirst, Chief Executive Destination Bristol
The proposals will be on display at We The Curious on Wednesday October 16 from 2pm to 8pm for public consultation. Arc Bristol expects to open in Spring 2022.
For more information, go to https://arc.global/bristol