Barclaycard Arena, Birmingham

The Barclaycard Arena is a 13,000 seat indoor arena, showcasing the best in music, sport and comedy, as well as other events. Set on a prominent canal-side in central Birmingham, Broadway Malyan led the £26 million transformation of this important arena.

The existing building did little to celebrate either its presence in the city or the incredible variety of activities held within. Broadway Malyan’s renovation supplements the versatility of the existing venue whilst repositioning it within the city and as a global venue. Making the arena more accessible, visually as well as physically, and maximising its exclusive location was key to the design.

The most dramatic element of the refurbishment is the brand new glass façade overlooking the Brindleyplace canal side development, which includes a dramatic LCD “wonderwall”, distinctive copper fins and iconic Sky needles – all of which create a dynamic sense of arrival for visitors and a focal point in the centre of Birmingham.


Client: The NEC Group
Location: Birmingham, UK
Size: 7,500m² refurbishment; 6,000m² new-build; 250m² external
Skills: Architecture, Interior Design Landscape Architecture
Status: Completed

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