State-of-the-art facility to become new home of UWE Bristol sports teams

Issue date: 25 July 2018

Hillside Gardens artist's impression

The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has invested £4.5 million in the development of a new state-of-the-art sports complex.

Due to be completed in October, the facility at Hillside Gardens will provide pitches for football, rugby, lacrosse, American football and Ultimate Frisbee.

Located adjacent to the M32 motorway and minutes from UWE Bristol's Frenchay campus, the development will include two floodlit artificial pitches meeting FIFA and World Rugby standards, a grass football pitch, undercover seating for spectators, pitch-side dugouts, changing rooms and a car park. The facility will be available for businesses and organisations in the local community to hire.

Alex Isaac, Head of Sport at UWE Bristol, said: “Working with Verde Recreo, we are excited to be developing our new facilities at Hillside Gardens. They will provide high specification pitches just minutes from campus giving some of our UWE Bristol sport teams a new home. With teams, players and supporters able to be together at one venue we are hoping to create a great atmosphere and improved experience for students.”

Simon Macsorley, Director of Estates at UWE Bristol, said: “Providing students and staff with facilities to maintain health and wellbeing is very high on the University's agenda. Having first class sports facilities such as these also encourages wider engagement with local communities and businesses. I'm really proud of the work our staff and external contractors have delivered on this brilliant project. Hillside Gardens will be an asset to the estate and local community for many years to come.”

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