July 26, 2014
The UWE Stadium
UWE and Bristol Rovers Football Club (BRFC) are working on a groundbreaking agreement to build a new football stadium on the land adjacent to Frenchay Campus, as part of the UWE New Campus Masterplan.
The proposed UWE Stadium will be located on 9.3 hectares of the land purchased from neighbouring Hewlett Packard back in October 2008.
A joint Planning Application by BRFC and UWE was submitted to South Gloucestershire Council for consideration in February 2012. On 19 July 2012, South Gloucestershire Council granted a Town Planning consent to build the UWE Stadium.
First class facilities
The agreement represents a significant investment by BRFC of approximately £30m in facilities that will bring added value to the city and the region.
The proposed 21,700 seat stadium is due to include:
- retail unit shop
- sports bar and club
- banqueting suite
- venue space for hire
- club gym for student and community use
- all weather jogging track
- rooms for student club activities
- media teaching space
Jobs and career development
The Stadium will create 270 jobs through other auxiliary uses such as the proposed convenience store, bar and gym.
Students will be offered the chance to take up casual employment vacancies for match days, as well as part-time jobs in catering and bar work.
Internships will also be offered annually for students into the operation of the Club. In addition, students on relevant degrees will be able to monitor the construction of the stadium as a project as part of their studies, and work with the club on marketing, promotion, and event management.
UWE Varsity matches
UWE’s rugby and football varsity matches will be able to use the stadium and there will be the opportunity for students to assist professional coaches.
Students, staff and the local community will be able to purchase discounted match day tickets.
Public access and parking
BRFC will work with UWE to support public transport access to and from the site. A 1,000 space car park forms part of the stadium proposal, 900 spaces of which will be available for use by UWE staff and students during the day. This will replace part of the temporary car park currently in use on the Land East of Coldharbour Lane.