The Olympic Legacy Park on the site of the former Don Valley Stadium could become the ‘best community gateway in the UK’, says a leading businessman in the area.
David Slater, managing director of Spaces Sheffield Limited, based in Attercliffe, welcomed the unveiling of a 1,200-place school, university technical college, sports science research centre and stadium for Sheffield Eagles and Sheffield Sharks.
The £55 million project will begin opening in stages on the former stadium site from September 2015, funded by private investment, government grants and the two sports teams.
Mr Slater, said: “This is fantastic news. There isn’t one negative about this story.
“It’s massive. Attercliffe is the commercial and industrial heartland of Sheffield and now this is the centrepiece.
“Logistically, it’s perfect. There’s an appetite for it. There are already some fantastic businesses in the lower Don Valley. This is simply the icing on the cake.
“There is at last a recognition that this is the place in Sheffield to do business.
“The Olympic Legacy Park will act as a catalyst for the whole area. It’s possibly the best community gateway in the UK.
“We have Meadowhall on one side, the city centre on the other, all connected by tram, bus and car.
“It’s absolutely massive for the area. I haven’t been so excited for a long time.”
Reaction was more mixed among The Star’s readership, with some backing the scheme and others ruing the loss of Don Valley.