£50m plan for Don Valley Stadium site submitted

Artists impressions of the new community stadium and Olympic Legacy Park, to be built on the former Don Valley Stadium site
Artists impressions of the new community stadium and Olympic Legacy Park, to be built on the former Don Valley Stadium site
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A masterplan for the £50m Olympic Legacy Project on the former Don Valley Stadium site has been submitted to Sheffield Council.

It includes a multi-purpose 3,000 seat indoor community sports and events arena, artificial pitch and cycleways as well as the city’s second university technical college.

Richard Caborn, project lead, said it was ‘hugely exciting.’

He added: “The Olympic Legacy Park is for everyone, young and old, sports people and athletes aiming for gold medals. It’s about providing the set-up to help people develop healthy lifestyles and avoid health issues through exercise, wellness and prevention.

“It will be part of an internationally recognised Innovation District for health and wellbeing research and learning that will see Sheffield become a model of best practice not just for cities in the UK but across the globe.”

The planning application includes the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, which will be run by Sheffield Hallam University pioneering innovative technologies for global healthcare companies including Toshiba to help people move more.

A new academy school and community hub on site – sponsored by Oasis Community Learning – will provide 1,200 places for youngsters aged two to 16.

Sir Andrew Cash, chief executive for Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is another fantastic milestone in the development of the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, which is set to change the shape of future health for people living in Sheffield and beyond, by bringing together world-class partnerships and innovations to help people move more.”

Professor Steve Haake, Sheffield Hallam University director of the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, said: “This latest news represents another major step forward for this ground breaking development, which will have Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre at its heart.

“We are proud to support the Olympic Legacy Park and we are looking forward to seeing our vision for the most advanced research and development centre for physical activity in the world come to fruition.”