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Scunthorpe United’s 12,000-seater stadium plans approved

Football League club Scunthorpe United’s plans for a new 12,000-seater football stadium have been approved following North Lincolnshire Council’s planning committee meeting on Wednesday.

The plans have been given the greenlight by councillors subject to Highways and Environment Agency issues over access and flooding being resolved.The club hopes to move into the 12,000-seater stadium, designed by the Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP), in July 2016.Club Chairman, Peter Swann, said:

We will be able to announce details of the contractors who we have got to build the stadium in the middle of May.
Now it’s all systems ‘go’ as we embark on an exciting journey for the club.

Stadium design by FWP

The striking new, state-of-the-art stadium designed by the Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP) for Scunthorpe United, should open in time for the start of the 2016/17 season.

The 12,000-capacity, all-seater stadium is part of a masterplan for a GBP£25m out-of-town football and leisure development created by FWP’s architecture and design team for the club on a site near its present Glanford Park ground.

The overall FWP plan also includes a 100-bed hotel, a multi-use indoor arena, community sports pitches and, potentially, indoor and outdoor bowling facilities.

The new home for the League One side, expected to cost in the region of GBP£18m, will have club and executive facilities, a gym, office space and areas for commercial development as well as a club venue and supporters’ bar.

A sweeping curve on the main stand designed by FWP is enhanced by a striking truss which pays homage to Scunthorpe’s steelwork history – the club is nicknamed The Iron.

David Robinson, Managing Partner at FWP, said:

We have worked very hard with the club to create a vibrant and modern development that will be a real asset to the community and the local economy. The aim is develop modern facilities that will be used by members of the community seven days a week, throughout the year, something we believe is vitally important for modern day sports venues to provide.

The football stadium is really special and the design, with its sweeping curves, is striking. It will provide the club and its fans with fantastic facilities and we’ve designed the stands to ensure the supporters are close to the action on the pitch, adding to the atmosphere and the match day experience.

The plan will deliver a vibrant, modern new home for Scunthorpe United and its supporters. There is no doubt that this development will be of major benefit not only to the club and its fans but also to the whole community.

FWP has worked on projects with Preston North End and Fleetwood Town, and is developing stadia and community assets for clubs such as Oldham Athletic, FC United of Manchester, Peterborough United and Berwick Rangers. It is also behind an ambitious plan to create an GBP£18m mixed-use development on the outskirts of Kirkham in Lancashire, which includes a new ground for ambitious non-league football club AFC Fylde.

FWP’s portfolio of highly successful sports projects includes the acclaimed revamp of the historic Doncaster Racecourse, home of the St Leger meeting. The practice has also played a major role in ambitious regeneration and redevelopment plans which centre on Rugby Union club Leicester Tiger’s Welford Road stadium.

For further information on the Frank Whittle Partnership and its portfolio of projects, visit: www.fwpgroup.co.uk