Preston architects behind £40m stadium plan

IRON WILL: The FWP plans for Scunthorpe United
IRON WILL: The FWP plans for Scunthorpe United
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Preston-based architects the Frank Whittle Partnership has unveiled its £40m designs for a new state-of-the-art stadium for league two football club Scunthorpe United.

The 12,000 capacity all-seater ‘Iron Arena’ is part of the vision for an out-of-town football and leisure development on a site near the Lincolnshire club’s present Glanford Park ground.

The FWP plan also includes a 120-bed hotel, multi-use indoor arena, community sports pitches, indoor and outdoor crown green bowling facilities and a potential transport interchange hub with a new rail station.

The new stadium would 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.

David Robinson, managing partner at FWP, which has offices in Preston, Manchester and 
London, said: “We worked hard to create a vibrant modern development that will be a real asset to the community and local economy.

“The proposed masterplan we have created for Scunthorpe United aims to provide a real destination venue for sport, leisure and entertainment for the local community.

“We have worked closely with the club to create modern facilities that will be used by members of the community seven days a week, throughout the year.

“This is something we believe is vitally important for modern day sports venues.”