Autumn start date for new Sheffield arena

Work is expected to start in autumn on building a new £3.5 million sports arena on the site of the former Don Valley Stadium - while plans for an outdoor venue, hotel, research centre and offices have also been approved.

Thursday, 17th March 2016, 7:00 am
The overall design of Sheffield's planned Olympic Legacy Park

Councillors gave the go-ahead to plans for the Park Community Arena, which will house the Sheffield Sharks basketball squad as well as being available for community use, at a meeting this week.

Outline permission was also granted for an Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, 10,000 sq m office space, a 100-bedroom hotel and a 5,000-capacity outdoor stadium, which will offer a new pitch for the Sheffield Eagles rugby team’s home games.

The developments in Attercliffe form the bulk of the city’s £55m, 35-acre Olympic Legacy Park, a joint venture between the council, Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.

Don Valley Stadium was demolished two years ago to cut costs. Progress has already been made on two elements of the Legacy Park - the Oasis Academy school, which opened last year, and Sheffield’s second University Technical College, which is currently being built.

Richard Caborn, former sport minister and the park’s project lead, said: “This planning approval represents another major step forward in what is set to be a hugely exciting year for the project.”