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Hull City Council


BAM Construction



A visually striking and functionally diverse venue

Transformed from a brownfield site in the centre of Hull, the Bonus Arena is a state-of-the-art venue for Hull which delivers a lasting legacy for the UK's 2017 City of Culture.

The flexible facility can be used for music, entertainment, conferences, exhibitions and banqueting, and has provided 120 jobs for the community.

Social value at the project's heart

While delivering the project, BAM worked closely with Hull City Council to provide employment opportunities for the community. A predominantly local supply chain was utilised to provide benefits beyond the value of the construction.

65% of people that worked on the project came from a Hull postcode, and six apprentice positions were created for its construction

Once you had to go to London to see a show, or Leeds to see a certain band. The growth for us is as a 16/18 hour city – that’s the big difference

Jim Harris, Hull Business Improvement District

"Experiential retail is the new buzzword"

The Bonus Arena, with seating for 3,500 people, has already hosted a wealth of incredible events. Performances from world class artists, conferences and graduation ceremonies have all taken place there.

Feasibility studies show that the venue is likely to attract £13.5 million to Hull each year.

A challenging project

Despite a number of challenges, BAM delivered the project on time and on budget without sacrificing quality. Value was added to the project through precise engineering.

Through careful planning, the weight of the roof was reduced without sacrificing acoustic requirements or increasing expense. The rebuilding of the original parking structure delivered a more sustainable and higher quality parking solution.

Bonus Arena Case Study - BAM