Thumbs-up for Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy Park

Thumbs-up for Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy Park

29 October 2014

Proposals for Sheffield to take centre stage in the delivery of an exciting Olympic legacy project for health and sport bringing long term benefits for the nation have received positive responses from some of the world’s best-known organisations.

The feedback comes as it was announced that a citywide information meeting for the public will be held in November on the project when details of a master plan focussed on the creation of an Olympic Legacy Park on the site of the former Don Valley Stadium in the city’s East End, will be revealed.

It will feature a new Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) which represents a unique opportunity for the practical development of the country’s wellbeing agenda and delivering the 2012 Olympic Legacy on Health.

The AWRC will be based in a multi-million state of-the-art facility, the centrepiece of the new Olympic Legacy Park which will feature exciting new indoor and outdoor facilities allowing the design, research, evaluation and implementation of products linking the medical, physical activity, leisure and sports sectors.

The development will see the Sheffield Eagles Rugby League club move into a new complex which will feature a high quality synthetic pitch, a main stand seating 2,500, a 50 bed hotel, catering and hospitality areas and facilities developed in partnership with Sheffield second University Technical College (UTC). In addition, a new sustainable multi-purpose indoor community arena will be the future home of the Sheffield Sharks.

Former Sports Minister the Rt. Hon Richard Caborn, who is driving the project, said: “We’ve had a terrific response to the project from some well-known brand names. We are now having discussions with the likes of Siemens, Mitsubishi and Toshiba who attended a recent conference on the project along with the International Olympic Committee, the Cabinet office and Public Health England.”

The citywide information meeting will be held on Monday, November 10 at 6pm in the lecture theatre (room 6620) in the Sheffield Hallam University Adsetts Learning Centre, access via the Arundel Gate entrance (near the Odeon Cinema).

“We will be unveiling the master plan and providing an update on the project for the people of Sheffield,” said Mr Caborn.

There will be mini-presentations from Mr Caborn, Steve Haake (head of the Sports Engineering Research Group at Sheffield Hallam University), Sheffield Eagles, Sheffield Sharks and representatives from the University Technical College and a school that is to be built on the site.

Background Information

• The Park – a joint venture between Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Sheffield City Council and the private sector – has attracted nearly £40m of investment from the public and private sectors (for basketball, rugby and a hotel), a second University Technical College and an Oasis Community Learning school. A further £10m is being sought from the Regional Growth Fund.

• Both the Park and the AWRC have the backing of the city’s two Universities, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield College, the local authority and the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce.

• The AWRC model will mirror the highly successful Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (straddling the Sheffield-Rotherham border) which has successfully created a £150m Advanced Manufacturing Park where companies such as Boeing and Rolls Royce are located.

• The AWRC will take services and products from concept to market, maximising wealth and job creation opportunities from the intellectual property and knowledge and products developed in the centre. It will be home to around 50 researchers who will have fully instrumented indoor and outdoor laboratories capable of carrying out research on most physical activities. The facility will allow research on all sports but will be of particular benefit to those housed in the nearby English Institute of Sport.

• There will be clinical facilities on site, working in conjunction with the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM). Facilities will include MRI, X-ray and ultrasound. The AWRC will be the research hub for the NSCEM with a remit to use physical activity as medicine. Through the NCSEM, the AWRC will use the city of Sheffield as a ‘field lab’ for the testing of new innovations.

• The basketball facility will be built through private investment and crucially deliver an affordable, functional and flexible building for sport, culture and business. With 3 full size courts and seating up to 3000 people, the venue will complement the other facilities on the Park. increasing community and education access and attracting further events to the City. The Sheffield based sports and events business, MLS, will move into the new facility.

Issued by HR Media Ltd. For further information contact Martin Ross at HRM, telephone 0114 252 7763