'Promising' bids to develop former Sheffield Ski Village

How the new Parkwood Springs site could look. Photo: Gillespies
How the new Parkwood Springs site could look. Photo: Gillespies
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Sheffield Council is considering several 'promising' bids to transform the old Ski Village.

The deadline for expressions of interest to develop an Outdoor City-themed proposal for the derelict Parkwood Springs site has now passed, with a number of bids now to be taken to the next stage of the process.

The Ski Village has been closed since 2012

The Ski Village has been closed since 2012

The council wants to lease the area to a developer for outdoor recreational and commercial use.

After a short extension was announced earlier this month, the authority will now work with the shortlisted investors to develop the plans further.

The process is expected to take several months.

Edward Highfield, director of city growth, said: “There is clearly a lot of enthusiasm for the Parkwood site as part of the city’s wider Outdoor City ambitions.

A mountain biker at Parkwood Springs. Photo: Duncan Philpott

A mountain biker at Parkwood Springs. Photo: Duncan Philpott

“We received a number of very promising bids and were very pleased with the overall quality of submissions. We will now evaluate the bids carefully to get down to a shortlist and enter detailed commercial negotiations with a small number of bidders that we take through to the next stage.”

The shortlisted parties will be asked to work with the Friends of Parkwood Springs and other local groups to develop proposals that are of benefit to the surrounding area.

The old Ski Village has been a regular target for vandals and arsonists since it closed in 2012.

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