Paving the way for the new UWE Stadium

Issue date: 20 March 2014

UWE Bristol are delighted with the decision to give Sainsbury's the go-ahead to redevelop the Memorial Stadium site, paving the way for the new UWE Stadium to be built.

Judge Mr Justice Hickinbottom today (20 March) threw out the complaints put forward at last week's Judicial Review hearing.

This means that Bristol Rovers can push ahead with the remaining contractual issues surrounding the stadium build, with the hope of being on site to start in the summer.

Professor Steve West Vice-Chancellor of UWE Bristol said, “We are delighted by the decision. The stadium will be a welcome boost to the growth of Bristol, South Gloucester and the region.”

The plans for the 21,700 all-seater stadium include an extensive club shop, banqueting and hospitality suite, convenience store, gym, jogging track and teaching space.

The economic design of the new stadium will be a bowl design, which makes use of the sloping ground to minimise the height of the structure and the impact on the local skyline, and reduce light and noise pollution.

It will also benefit from excellent transport links, including; the A4174, Abbey Wood and Parkway train stations and excellent bus services and close links to the motorways. There will also be a large car park with space for 1,000 cars and coaches - with an additional 1,500 spaces available on the campus if deemed necessary.

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