The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) is investing £4.5 million in the development of new sports complex, Hillside Gardens.
UWE Bristol, based in Filton, currently has around 30,000 students studying various courses at its campus. Now they have an exciting new development as the university announces it plans to create a state-of-the-art complex for its sports teams.
Developers have said the complex will be located adjacent to the M32 motorway and minutes from UWE Bristol’s Frenchay campus. It will include two floodlit artificial pitches meeting FIFA and World Rugby standards, a grass football pitch, undercover seating for spectators, pitch-side dugouts, changing rooms and a car park.
UWE Bristol has also revealed that the facility will be available for businesses and organisations in the local community to hire. The work on the complex is due to be completed in October, with the facility at Hillside Gardens providing pitches for football, rugby, lacrosse, American football and Ultimate Frisbee.
Alex Isaac, Head of Sport at UWE Bristol revealed that he is looking forward to the ‘exciting, new’ development. “Working with Verde Recreo, we are excited to be developing our new facilities at Hillside Gardens,” he said.
“They will provide high specification pitches just minutes from campus giving some of our UWE Bristol sport teams a new home, with teams, players and supporters able to be together at one venue.”
“We are hoping to create a great atmosphere and improved experience for students.”
Alex Isaac, Head of Sport
Simon Macsorley, Director of Estates at the University also commented on the development, saying: “Providing students and staff with facilities to maintain health and wellbeing is very high on the University’s agenda.
“Having first class sports facilities such as these also encourages wider engagement with local communities and businesses. I’m really proud of the work our staff and external contractors have delivered on this brilliant project. Hillside Gardens will be an asset to the estate and local community for many years to come.”