Artist’s impressions have been revealed giving a first glimpse of the planned £17m ‘super school’ and community hub on the site of the former Don Valley stadium.
A planning application has been submitted to Sheffield City Council for the scheme, which will see a school built offering 1,200 places for youngsters aged two to 16.
Council leader Julie Dore has already given the green light to the project, on the basis that it will be a ‘cornerstone’ for regeneration, meeting high demand for pupil places locally.
The new academy school will cost £16.7m, funded by a £13.4m central government grant, with the remaining £3.3m from the council’s capital schools budget.
It is due to open in September 2015 and will be sponsored by Oasis Community Learning. Once constructed, the site will be leased to the academy trust for 125 years.
Meanwhile the £40m strategy for an Olympic Legacy Park on the stadium site has been welcomed at the highest national level, according to former Sheffield MP and Sports Minister Richard Caborn.
Hopes of a development, including a multi-sports community stadium, have risen as a result of a meeting with Olympic ambassador Seb Coe and the Olympic Legacy Cabinet Committee.
Mr Caborn said they had been convinced by the involvement of the city’s universities, college, hospitals, council, sports bodies and the private sector in the project to promote “sport, health sciences and well-being”.
Now Government departments would be working together to try to get it up and running, he said.
The proposed community stadium is due to be used for basketball, rugby union and rugby league.
Funding has already been secured for a floodlit pitch.
One bid for a UTC specialising in sport and health at Don Valley was rejected by the Government. Another, led by Sheffield College, is being made.
The vision aims to harness local expertise in engineering, medicine and education.
n Tree planting ceremonies were held this week to mark the launch of two brand new Sheffield primary schools, which will open their doors in September.
The schools in Fir Vale and Shirecliffe are also to be run by the Oasis group.