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PROPERTY Landmark concert venue opens in Scotland Te HD One scheme includes a ski slope

HD One leisure development back on in Huddersfield

Huddersfield’s HD One leisure develop- ment is back on the agenda, aſter a shares deal has resolved the financial situation. Planning permission was granted in

January 2010 for the £100m leisure and retail development on land around the John Smith’s Stadium, but had been held up because of uncertainty over the shares deal. Te HD One scheme involves a ski slope,

dozens of bars, restaurants, a hotel, two nightclubs, a bingo hall, shops and flats. Details:

Scunthorpe chair hints at potential new stadium plans

New Scunthorpe United Football Club (SUFC) chair Peter Swann has hinted at plans to move the club away from its cur- rent Glanford Park stadium. Speaking at a question and answer ses-

sion with fans, Swann – an entrepreneur who was appointed SUFC chair in May 2013 – said a new stadium was “an impor- tant prospect”. He said: “We’re looking at a new sta-

dium and are working with the council now. We’ve had several meetings and things will be coming to surface in the next few months. Swann is eager to increase the club’s

commercial opportunities and to make operations more economically sustain- able – as well as to move to a site which is more accessible. A potential site for the new stadium

could be the Lincolnshire Lakes project – an ambitious regeneration development which would result in up to six new vil- lages being built to the west of Scunthorpe. In league competition, Scunthorpe have

not fared so well in recent years, suffer- ing relegation from the Championship down to League Two in the space of just three seasons, though attendance has been steady for the club over that time. Details:


Described as a cross between the Royal Albert Hall and the Coliseum, Scotland’s latest entertainment venue opened its doors in Glasgow on 23 September. Rod Stewart was

the opening act for the Hydro, the 12,000- seat music, sport and entertainment arena which is expected to be the fiſth busiest enter- tainment arena in the world, alongside ven- ues such as London’s O2 Arena. Situated next to the

Foster and Partners are behind the design of Glasgow’s new arena

Clyde Auditorium and SECC, the £125m arena will augment existing facilities and is expected to create 1,400 jobs, attract one million visitors and inject £131m a year into the local economy, with a programme of 140 events. Designed by Foster and Partners, an ellipti-

cal shaped roof was inspired by ancient Greek and Roman amphitheatres, and offers the opti- mum balance of viewing angles and distance

from the stage. Te façade is made up of pneu- matic, translucent cushions and a special film originally developed for the space industry, which allows natural light to illuminate the foyers in the day and glow at night. The UK’s first special ly designed

music venue, the Hydro will be cen- tral to the Queen’s Dock redevelopment. Details:

Major leisure expansion for Lakeside

Intu has submitted an outline planning application to create a £100m leisure development at Intu Lakeside, its shopping centre in Turrock. Te development will cre-

ate a series of outdoor spaces around a large town square, featuring a range of leisure and restaurant outlets and a hotel. Te public spaces will host

a busy events programme, including farmers’ and Christmas markets, street theatre, music shows and live screenings of big sporting events. Te new public spaces will link the exist-

ing shopping centre with Alexandra Lake and will include a waterfront area, including a new boardwalk and park next to the lake. Discussions are already underway with

potential tenants, including tenpin bowling, a health club, a comedy venue and restaurants. Te move comes aſter public consultation showed 82 per cent of respondents would

Read Leisure Opportunities online: A consultation showed a need for more leisure facilities

spend more time at the centre if additional leisure facilities were available. Asset management director for Intu,

Jonathan Ainsley, says: “We’re passion- ate about providing people with the perfect shopping experience and the new leisure development will attract more people, from a wider area, and provide a great reason for them to stay with us for even longer.” Details:

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