Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy Park in huge funding boost

The overall design of Sheffield's planned Olympic Legacy Park.
The overall design of Sheffield's planned Olympic Legacy Park.
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A major sport and health complex in Sheffield has received a massive £5million funding boost.

The Olympic Legacy Park, situated on the former site of Don Valley Stadium, has been handed the cash by the Sheffield City Region Investment fund.

The cash will be invested in creating the public area and infrastructure, which include green spaces, drainage, utilities and spaces for developing health and sport innovations.

The 35-acre Olympic Legacy Park – the biggest London 2012 legacy project of its kind in Europe – will also be the home of Sheffield’s second University Technical College specialising in human sciences and computing for 600 students aged 14 to 19.

The wider site is also planned to be the home of the Sheffield Sharks basketball team and the Sheffield Eagles rugby league outfit.

Sir Nigel Knowles, chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The funding from the Sheffield City Region Investment Fund will go a long way towards finalising the Olympic Legacy Park’s ambitious vision.

“The collaborative nature of the park, the planning of which brought together organisations and individuals from the public and private sectors from across the region, is representative of the practical and community-based work ethic that makes the SCR such a straightforward and reliable place to do business.”

The park landscape will be designed to provide areas for a variety of outdoor activities. There will also be a flexible car parking area which can be transformed into outdoor spaces for major sports events.

The OLP is a joint venture between Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield City Council.

David Hobson, project director for the Olympic Legacy Park, said: “The funding from the Sheffield City Region Investment Fund will support the delivery of the park’s infrastructure which, in turn, will support private sector investment opportunities in new offices generating economic growth and new jobs.”

Work is due to start in September this year and is expected to be completed by March 2017.

The scheme is being delivered by ARES Landscape Architects, ARUP and Turner and Townsend.