A state-of-the-art 1,500-seat esports arena and creative technology education college are offered in Bristol.
Site developer Northern Lights Arena Europe (NLAE) is working on plans for the facility on the campus of the West of England Institute of Specialist Education (WISE) at SGS College in Stoke Gifford, just outside the city.
The proposals include an extension of the existing site with a new faculty of education in creative technologies and sports education, as well as student accommodation. The plans also include an esports arena with global digital streaming capability.
The new faculty will work closely with the Bristol Institute of Performing Arts, Bristol Academy of Media and Bristol School of Art, and other SGS campuses, the college said.
According to plans, the new development would open in September 2023.
According to SGS, Amazon Web Services (AWS) – a subsidiary of Amazon that provides on-demand cloud computing platforms – will design and supply the technology for the new facility.
AWS will also create and help deliver the cloud-based educational content provided by the new faculty, SGS said, allowing the training provider to deliver programs remotely to classes at other campus locations.
Keith Hamblin, Managing Director of SGS Group, said: “This announcement is the next step towards a development that places creative technology and esports at the heart of the region.
“We have always taken pride in giving students an education and training that meets the demands of the changing job market and, as such, this investment with two leading organizations would place us at the forefront of the world. one of the fastest growing industries in the world.
“This private sector investment in skills education in the West of England demonstrates faith in the future of the creative sector in the South West as it emerges from the pandemic.”
Vital Energi, one of the UK’s largest independent renewable energy companies, will work with NLAE and SGS to provide a zero carbon energy solution for the new development.
Chris Turner, Managing Director of NLAE, added: “By working with SGS to provide world-class and future-proof digital education and esports training and event facilities, the proposed WISE faculty development will set Bristol and the South West firmly on the world esports map.
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“Being born in South Gloucestershire and a graduate of the University of Bristol, it is a privilege for me to lead a project that will provide economic and employment opportunities for socially disadvantaged out-of-school youth and a major retraining opportunity for the community. Bristol’s existing digital workforce. industries of the future.
The WISE campus is already planning to open a new dedicated £ 7million science and technology building funded by the West of England Combined Authority (Weca) in March 2021.
This has been the catalyst for NLAE’s interest in the site, according to SGS, which said it would provide “much needed additional capacity” in the region as demand for digital technology increases.