UWE Stadium construction set to begin in September

Aerial view of Bristol Rover's proposed new UWE Stadium in Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

Construction work on Bristol Rovers’ planned new 21,700-seater stadium in Stoke Gifford looks likely to finally get under way in September following the signing of an agreement relating to the future of the club’s present ground in Horfield.

The club announced today that all parties have now signed the Section 106 agreement for the redevelopment of the Memorial Stadium site, where a new Sainsbury’s superstore will be built.

Once the Section 106 agreement has been ‘sealed’ by Bristol City Council, a three month judicial review period will begin, after which the club will be free to complete the sale of the Memorial Stadium site to Sainsbury’s, thereby releasing the funds needed to build the new stadium.

Writing on the club’s website today, Chairman Nick Higgs said:

“I share your frustration with the delays in concluding this agreement, however, without any further delays, we should be on site at the end of September.”

“This is another great milestone for the stadium project and one big step closer to fulfilling our dream of building a new stadium for Bristol Rovers.”

Work on the new stadium is expected to take 18 months to complete, allowing Rovers to move to the stadium in time for the start of the 2015/16 season.

Preliminary work started earlier this year, when contractors moved onto the site to drill a series of boreholes to test ground conditions.

Related link: UWE Stadium (The Journal)

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