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Further details revealed of Don Valley Stadium redevelopment plan in Sheffield

Pictured is Richard Caborn inside the Woodbourn Road Stadium which is to be redeveloped as part of his plans.

Pictured is Richard Caborn inside the Woodbourn Road Stadium which is to be redeveloped as part of his plans.

  • by Richard Marsden
 

FURTHER details have been revealed of ambitious plans to redevelop the Don Valley Stadium site today.

Proposals involve the new National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine being located at the site and a second University Technical College for Sheffield.

There would also be a ‘High Performance Centre’ linking existing elite sports based in the Lower Don Valley with Sheffield Hallam University’s Centre for Sports Engineering Research.

The centre would also be connected with the developing Medical Advanced Manufacturing Centre at Catcliffe.

The Star has already revealed how there are plans to build a new 12,000 to 15,000-seat rugby stadium for Sheffield Eagles and Rotherham Titans on the Don Valley Stadium site.

And up to £2.5 million could be spent upgrading Woodbourn Road stadium to provide ‘world class’ athletics facilities as an alternative to Don Valley.

The scheme, endorsed by 2012 chief Lord Coe, would be the ‘largest Olympic legacy project outside London’ according to former Sheffield Central MP and Sports Minister Richard Caborn.

The plans, which also include new venues for basketball, gymnastics and snooker, could create up to 940 jobs.

Mr Caborn said: “In effect it becomes an Advanced Sports and WellBeing Park giving a comprehensive delivery of the Olympic legacy.

“This is an economic wealth generation project which would take the Don Valley Stadium site from being under utilised to becoming an economic driver.

“It also builds on the large critical mass of activity around medical technology. More than 200 companies in the Sheffield City Region feed into this global market worth a projected £300 billion.”

Both Sheffield and Hallam Universities, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, the trust behind Sheffield’s first University Technical College and Sport England are supporting the scheme.

 

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