Frank Whittle Partnership nets Scunthorpe stadium role

ARCHITECTS the Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP) have taken the wraps off their vision for a new state-of-the-art stadium for League 2 football club Scunthorpe United.
The 12,000 capacity all-seater Iron Arena is part of the vision for a £40m out-of-town football and leisure development created by the Lancashire firm for the Lincolnshire club on a site near its present Glanford Park ground.
The plan also includes a 120-bed hotel, a 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 sweeping curve on the main stand designed by FWP is enhanced by a truss to homage to Scunthorpe’s steelwork history.
David Robinson, managing partner at FWP, which has offices in Preston, Manchester and London, said: “We have worked very hard to create a vibrant and modern development that will be a real asset to the community and the 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.
“The football stadium we are proposing is really special and the design, with its sweeping curves is striking.”
FWP has considerable experience in the sports development sector. It has worked on projects with Preston North End and Fleetwood Town and is developing stadia and community assets for clubs such as Oldham Athletic, FC United of Manchester, Peterborough United and Berwick Rangers.
Outside of football FWP was behind the revamp of Doncaster racecourse, and it has played a key role in the regeneration and redevelopment plans, which centre on Rugby Union club Leicester Tiger’s Welford Road stadium.

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