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Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (THFC) has continued to move closer to transform- ing its White Hart Lane ground, as Haringey Council has approved a land deal for the club’s new stadium. The 56,250-capacity sta-

dium is being built as part of the wider regeneration of Tottenham, North London, following a pledge by THFC and Haringey Council. Under the deal the council

will acquire land for the devel- opment to remove the risk of owners of neighbouring properties seeking an injunction to prevent construction of the development. Te council will then grant a 999-year lease of the site to THFC. Te Northumberland Development Project’s

Te stadium plans cover a 20-acre area and include a hotel

north, to create a larger area in which the new stadium can be built. It also includes plans for a hotel, 200 new

homes, shops and leisure facilities. Te design will feature flowing lines of exter-

(NPD) proposal for the stadium covers a 20-acre area, which includes the site of the current ground and the industrial land to the

nal cladding, an undulating roof and the club colours to create a visually striking building. Details:

West Ham secures Olympic Stadium deal

West Ham United Football Club (WHU) will be the new anchor tenant of the London Olympic Stadium following the government’s agreement to contribute a further £25m towards converting the venue. WHU was chosen as the preferred bidder for the ten- ancy in December 2012 but the signing of the deal was dependent on a number of financial and commercial terms being agreed upon. It is believed that as part of the negotiations,

Duncan Goodhew at the Compass launch event

Trade association launched for sports providers

Te Compass Association (TCA), a new industry body looking to support and pro- mote physical activity and sports providers working with schools and local communi- ties, was launched in February. TCA has the backing of the Department

West Ham hopes to move into the stadium ahead of its 2016-17 season Te redevelopment and the planned use

WHU has also agreed to increase its own contribution towards the conversion project from £10m to around £15m. Te deal means that the proposed conver-

sion of the stadium – which involves reducing the seating capacity from 80,000 to around 55,000 to 60,000 – can now go ahead.

of retractable seating will allow the stadium to operate as an athletics and football arena. WHU has signed a 99-year lease for the venue and will move in during the summer 2016. Karren Brady, WHU vice chair, said: “A

capacity of at least 54,000 seats will place WHU among the top five English football clubs.” Details:

London Mayor urged to tackle childhood obesity

Te London Assembly has called on mayor Boris Johnson to implement policies to tackle childhood obesity, as a London 2012 legacy. At a meeting on 13 March, the assembly

unanimously agreed recommendations in two recent public health reports should be

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implemented, including: education and train- ing programmes for healthcare professionals; increased funding for weight management services; nutritional standards for food in hos- pitals and increasing support for new parents. Details:

of Education and has been labeled as the first to exclusively promote the interests of sports providers. Members of TCA include public, private, commercial and voluntary sector providers. Stakeholders in the enterprise currently include Sport England, Sports Coach UK, Te Association for Physical Education, Skills Active, Sports Leaders, the Welsh Football Trust and Sport Wales.

Green light for golf and spa resort at UNESCO site

Planning permission for a luxury golf and spa resort development for Northern Ireland’s Antrim coast has been upheld by the High Court, following a challenge by the National Trust. Northern Ireland environment minister

Alex Attwood has welcomed the decision on the Bushmills Dunes Golf Resort and Spa, which he granted approval for in February 2012. Te £100m development will include a 120-room hotel with spa and con- ference facilities and an 18-hole golf course. Details:

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S&P merges with AFL Architects to form AFLS+P

S&P has merged with AFL Architects to form AFLS+P, which will be one of the larg- est architectural practices in the UK. Keith Ashton, former chief executive of S&P and now one of six Principals of AFLS+P, said: “Tis merger adds to our skill base and allows us to offer more services to our existing clients internationa lly. We share the same values, with a strong empha- sis on developing creative and innovative design solutions that maximise commercial value and are fit-for-purpose as well as the future.” Details:

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