A new £1.5 million go-kart track has been given the green light to open early next year creating 40 new jobs in Sheffield.
TeamSport, the UK’s largest indoor karting operator, with 17 other tracks around the country including Leeds and Nottingham, are behind the plans.
And it has been given planning permission to open a the latest state of the art indoor go-karting track in at Sheepcote Lane in Tinsley – just two miles from Meadowhall.
Two empty industrial units will be brought back to life with a multilevel track, due to open in January 2017.
Organisers say it will provide over 800 metres of bends, long straights and ramps for up to 20 karters to race around at any one time.
The Sheffield facility will offer free parking and full spectator area, year-round karting, with karts for racers as young as eight years old, licensed bar for drinks and food, private conference facilities for corporate clients, facilities for private parties, product launches and filming
Bosses also expect it will create up to 40 jobs, a mix of full and part-time roles.
Managing director Dominic Gaynor says TeamSport has a proven track record of opening and operating successful indoor karting venues across the country – and says the Sheffield venue could help produce the next Lewis Hamilton.
Mr Gaynor said: “We are really excited to have secured a prime location close to the Meadowhall centre. Sheffield is a thriving city with so much to offer its’ residents and visitors. It will be fantastic to now add the thrill of indoor karting to the list.
“The great location and our excellent value karting offers will ensure karting is accessible to everyone looking for an adrenaline fuelled, fun day out.”
“TeamSport Karting has a proven history of helping both the young drivers and young at heart drivers get their first taste on track with the comfort and knowledge of having all the right safety measures and equipment to support them.”