FWP unveils striking new football stadium for 'The Iron'
UK architecture and design practice the Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP) has unveiled ambitious plans to create a new 21st century state-of-the-art stadium for English League 2 football club Scunthorpe United, nicknamed The Iron.
The striking 12,000 capacity all-seater "Iron Arena" is part of the vision for a £40 million out-of-town football and leisure development created by FWP for the Lincolnshire club on a site near its present Glanford Park ground.
The FWP 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.
The new football 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.
The masterplan was revealed by the club at its recent annual general meeting.
"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," said David Robinson, managing partner at FWP, which has offices in Preston, Manchester and London.
"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," he said.
"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, something we believe is vitally important for modern day sports venues," Robinson added.
"The stadium will provide the club and its fans with fantastic facilities and we've designed the stands to ensure the supporters are close to the action on the pitch. It gives Scunthorpe United a vibrant, modern new home," he continued, adding that the community sports pitches and multi-use sports hall would provide fantastic facilities for people of all ages.
The firm has also considered transport links with the focus on ease of access and its proposed transport hub will include park and ride facilities and a possible new train station.