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PROPERTY £13.5m Hinckley leisure centre to open in 2015 Boston United is planning a new 4,000-seat stadium

Boston chair to submit stadium plans this month

Boston United chair David Newton says he is looking to fund the club’s new stadium project by securing loans from local and central government and hopes to submit a planning application this month. Te non-league football side will gain a

new 4,000-seat community stadium as part of a £100m mixed-use project which will also feature an all-weather 3G pitch for commu- nity use, plus educational facilities, conference and banqueting facilities. Tere will also be a café, education and

community facilities, meeting rooms for hire, an all weather sports pitch and a sports hall. Te Quadrant development will include

more than 500 new homes as well as retail space and restaurants. “It’s taken a little longer than anticipated.

As transport is a key issue around Boston, we’ve got to make sure we’ve got that right,” Newton told local media. “Te main thing is to get a robust application in. But we’re not happy that we’ve slipped into March and we don’t want to be slipping beyond that, although it’s out of our hands at the moment.” Details:

London Welsh bid to develop Witney Town as new home

London Welsh says it is hoping to end a ground share deal with Oxford United and move to the redeveloped home of now- defunct football team Witney Town. The rugby union side has been playing

at Oxford United’s Kassam Stadium since September 2012 and wants to redevelop the dis- used Polythene Stadium into a 10,000-capacity ground with 6,000 temporary seats. Welsh moved from London to Oxford in

2012 and is currently exploring options in an attempt to make its stay permanent. If the club’s move goes ahead and is a success, permanent stands could soon follow as part of a complete redevelopment of the ground. Assuming planning permission is given,

then the club will have to get the ground approved by the Professional Game Board for Rugby Union. Details:


Hinckley and Bosley Borough Council has appointed DC Leisure to design, build and manage Hinckley’s new £13.5 million leisure centre, which is due to open in 2015. The operator will maintain

the facility for a 20-year period in partnership with local council. Work on the new facility

on the site of the council’s for- mer offices in Argents Mead is expected to start next month with building work to com- mence in the summer. It will include an eight-lane

An artist’s impression of the new leisure centre in Hinckley, Leicestershire

25m swimming pool, leaner pool with move- able floor, cafe, climbing wall, an 8-court sports hall, two workout studios and a 120-station gym fitted with Precor equipment. Te current leisure centre on Coventry Road in Hinckley will remain open until the new

facility opens in the summer of 2015. DC Leisure will take over the reins at

this centre when the contract with exist- ing operator SLM expires in April 2015, with leisure centre employees to be retained. Details:

Plans for £10m Harrogate development

Plans have been put for- ward for the creation of a £10m leisure development in Harrogate, Yorkshire, inclu- sive of a four-screen cinema and a host of restaurants. The project is being

proposed by local urban regeneration specialist 4Urban Consulting. The developer is eyeing

the redevelopment of the former Co-Operative build- ing on Station Parade and Albert Street, which is cur- rently occupied by the Beales department store, whose short-term sub-lease expires later this autumn. “Following detailed research and discus-

sions with prospective tenants, it became clear that the former Co-Operative site, which is outside the prime retail core, is ideally situ- ated for a development of this nature and can add considerably to the overall attraction of

Te project will include a four-screen cinema and a number of restaurants

Harrogate,” said Paul Lancaster, managing director of 4Urban. The project’s proposers believe that the

scheme could create up to 250 jobs, while also helping to strengthen the town’s leisure offering to both visitors and local residents. Details:

Plans for £36m sports centre in Coventry revealed

Plans to build a new £36m sports centre in Coventry have been unveiled to replace a cen- tre built in 1966 which is haemorrhaging cash – costing around £2,000 per day to keep open. Te replacement venue is expected to be built in Coventry city centre on the current site of

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the council building Spire House which will be vacated as part of the council move to Friargate. Te 6,500sq m (69,965sq ſt) facility will

include a water park with slides, a gym, a 25m swimming pool, climbing wall, squash courts and a spa. Details:

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