University of the West of England not giving up on Bristol Stadium plans

UWE Stadium at Frenchay campus

The original artist rendition of the 21700-seater stadium at UWE’s Frenchay campus

Despite Bristol Rovers pulling out of the planned Bristol Stadium on UWE’s Frenchay Campus, the university has remained confident in developing a major sports stadium for the city.

Following the League One’s club management Dwane Sports surprise withdrawal from the 21700-seater stadium, UWE are now looking at new plans and are hoping to explore other options.

Steve West, UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor said: “UWE Bristol has not given up on this hugely important project. We have been and remain committed to delivering a new stadium and were disappointed to hear from Dwane Sports that they wish to bring negotiations over the proposed stadium at UWE Bristol to a close.

“We have always wanted the stadium project as part of our vision for the University and wider Bristol community masterplan for the Frenchay Campus. We still believe it would bring great benefits to the University, local community and the regional economy.

“We have worked diligently and patiently with the new owners of the club and although we have been disappointed by the slow pace of negotiations, we are still willing and open to continue negotiations. This has been an initiative the University has been working on for over eight years and we still believe is deliverable. Planning consent does not expire until January 2018 and the door remains open for a deal to be struck and the University will continue to work on this project.”