Propyard to relaunch this summer as Prospect with major refurbishment

The new venue Prospect, opening in what was Propyard, St Philips, Bristol in the summer of 2024
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One of Bristol’s leading arts venues has been taken over and will be relaunched by a London-based festival and cultural team. Propyard, which converted a 25,000sqft warehouse in St Philips into a huge events space but closed in April, will be taken over by London firm AMAAD.

It says it will rename it ‘Prospect’ and would invest heavily in creating a venue hosting entertainment, comedy, sport and music, and pop-up food, drink and fashion markets.

AMAAD is the team behind some of Europe’s most celebrated festivals, including Love Supreme, The Long Road, ION and Junction 2, and it is pledging to work with local Bristol promoters like Team Love, The Blast and Dance Corp, to bring a range of music events and festivals to the space.

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There is no date announced by the team behind the new ‘Prospect’ venue, but it should be soon - AMAAD founders Paul Jack and Will Harold said they have a list of events already booked and the new space will reopen ‘this summer’, when the refurbishment is completed.

The renovation of Propyard to turn it into Prospect is already under way, with work currently taking place ahead of the summer season - a spokesperson said the opening line-up will be announced shortly.

“The space, formerly known as Propyard, is currently benefiting from significant investment,” said a spokesperson. “Alongside bolstered cloakroom and washroom facilities, return visitors can expect an artisan food and drink offering, with local suppliers including St Philips locals, Lost and Grounded.

“A stand out feature of the new space will be its state-of-the-art sound design, which has been developed in partnership with world class audio manufacturers, L-Acoustics. The cutting-edge system will elevate live entertainment at the venue while minimising the external impact on the neighbouring community,” he added.

The new venue Prospect, opening in what was Propyard, St Philips, Bristol in the summer of 2024
The new venue Prospect, opening in what was Propyard, St Philips, Bristol in the summer of 2024 -Credit:Prospect

Propyard launched in 2021 in a former MoD torpedo warehouse and quickly established itself as a major venue in the city, hosting music events and festivals in the summer, exhibitions and parties for Halloween and New Year's Eve.

In 2022 it was the location for a large immersive Van Gogh exhibition, as well as showing matches on huge screens during the World Cup in December that year.

But the first sign that there was trouble with Propyard came when people who’d booked tickets for the 2023 ‘Winter Wonderland’ event arrived in early December to find the venue closed, and eventually the entire event was cancelled. Suppliers and workers complained they had not been paid, but a New Year’s Eve event went ahead at the end of December and the team running Propyard said the venue could get back up and running because of its success.

But that rebirth didn’t last long - in April this year Propyard permanently closed, and now a new team has taken on the venue with a massive rebranding.

The new Prospect, opening in what was Propyard, St Philips, Bristol in the summer of 2024
The new Prospect, opening in what was Propyard, St Philips, Bristol in the summer of 2024 -Credit:Prospect

“We can’t wait to get the doors open and welcome Bristol to our new home,” said AMAAD founders Paul and Will. “It’s such an incredible space with so much opportunity in a city buzzing with talent and creativity.

“We have worked for many years with Bristol institutions like Team Love, and we’re collaborating with a network of local businesses and communities to create a venue that will serve Bristol’s cultural community, and become a hub of culture within the wider development of Temple Quarter and St Philips Marsh,” the pair added.