PICTURES: What Sheffield's new £5 million banqueting and conference suite could look like

An artist's impression of what the suite will look like at night.
An artist's impression of what the suite will look like at night.
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These stunning images are what a new £5 million Sheffield banqueting and conference suite could look like.

Sheffield Sports Stadium Ltd, who run Owlerton Stadium, have submitted a planning application to build the facility between the greyhound track and Napoleon’s Casino at the Penistone Road site.

An artist's impression of what the suite will look like.

An artist's impression of what the suite will look like.

John Gilburn, managing director at Owlerton, said the facility would be able to accommodate 500 guests and could open as soon as Easter 2019.

The plans come after the announcement that Baldwins Omega will close in July and the closure of Napoleon’s Casino on Ecclesall Road.

He said: “Obviously we have got the stadium and we’ve got the casino next door and it’s a constant battle to encourage people to come to the area and to come to the stadium.

“The admissions are a bit flat and then with Baldwins closing we saw a golden opportunity - nobody else in Sheffield will have a facility this modern and this large.”

John Gilburn, managing director at Owlerton Stadium.

John Gilburn, managing director at Owlerton Stadium.

The proposals, which have been submitted to Sheffield Council for consideration, include demolishing part of the terracing at the greyhound stadium. The Hare and Hounds bar would also be demolished to make way for the new facility, which will also include four hospitality boxes, which can accommodate 20 guests.

Mr Gilburn said: “We thought we wanted to do something to take advantage of Baldwins and, at the same time, attract people to the stadium and the casino, so it’s a win, win. The conference and banqueting suite will be a venue in its own right - as the stadium and casino are too - but together it will be a destination.”

The building would be two-storey and the proposals also include spotlights for the venue. Mr Gilburn said demolition work would start in June and, subject to planning permission being granted, expected work on the new facility to start in July.

He added he hoped to open the doors to the banqueting and conference suite for Easter 2019 bookings.

“The artist’s impressions look absolutely fantastic and I am very optimistic about the plans because there is nothing else like it on this side of Sheffield and, to be honest, there is nothing in the city that can provide catering to that many people,” Mr Gilburn said.

A design and access statement submitted with the application said the facility would be used for a range of functions, such as weddings and banquets.

It added the building would become a Sheffield ‘landmark’.

Sheffield City Council is expected to make a decision on the application by July 17.