Football stadium vision on course

DELIGHTED: David Robinson

DELIGHTED: David Robinson

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One of the UK’s top stadium contractors has been appointed to turn the Frank Whittle Partnership’s vision for a new home for Scunthorpe United Football Club into reality.

Buckingham Group Contracting will carry out the building work on the striking state-of-the-art stadium designed by Preston-based FWP architects.

The company, which is based near Silverstone in Northamptonshire, has a portfolio of high-profile work including Silverstone Wing, the Copper Box – made famous during the London 2012 Olympics – Stadium MK and the Amex Stadium in Brighton, both of which will be used during this year’s Rugby World Cup.

Scunthorpe hope to move into the state-of-the-art 12,000 capacity all-seater ground for the start of the 2016-17 season after getting the green light for the development by North Lincolnshire Council.

The stadium is part of a masterplan for a multi-million pound 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.

David Robinson, managing partner at FWP, said: “We are delighted to be working with the Buckingham Group once again on this plan to create a vibrant and modern development that will be a real asset to the community and the local economy.

“We have a strong track record of delivery working alongside the Buckingham Group which includes Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road redevelopment and the recently completed Gloucester Services on the M5.”