Westminster celebrates old and new leisure facilities

Plans for £5m stadium at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park

Scarborough Group International has submitted a planning application for a 3,900- capacity stadium at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, which will host Sheffield United Women Football Club and Sheffield Eagles Rugby League Football Club. The £5m Grandstand Facility will be built on

the west side of the 3G pitch, which was completed in April 2017 and is also used by UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, Oasis Academy Don Valley and the local community. Whittam Cox Architects, supported by Arup

Sheffield, has been appointed to design the stadium, which will include conferencing facilities, office space and covers approximately one hectare. The 60-acre Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is already home to the English Institute of Sport

Sheffield, iceSheffield, Don Valley Bowl, Oasis Academy Don Valley, UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park campus, a 3G pitch and a park including Outdoor City Run Routes, cycle paths and green open spaces. The site will also be home to the Sheffield

Hallam University Health Innovation Park, which includes the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC). The AWRC is set to create innovations that will improve the health of the nation, tackling key issues such as static levels of physical activity, rising obesity and mental health, whilst also attracting new jobs and investment to the region. The government has invested £14m as part of the 'Northern Powerhouse' agenda, whilst confirmed partners include global healthcare giants Cannon Medical Systems UK, Westfield Health and parkrun.

The first new public swimming pool to open in Westminster in almost 40 years has launched at Moberly Sports Centre, Operated by Everyone Active on behalf of

Westminster City Council, the £28m facility has been constructed by Willmott Dixon and includes a six lane 25m swimming pool; a 13m teaching pool, with a movable floor depth; an eight court sports hall with retractable spectator seating for up to 500 people; a gymnastics hall; exercise and dance studios; 100-station gym and community spaces. Meanwhile, Westminster City Council’s

Paddington Recreation Ground, which is also operated by Everyone Active, has been recognised as one of the UK’s best green spaces under the Green Flag Award Scheme. At 27 acres, Paddington Recreation

Ground is the council’s largest outdoor recreation space and has been providing the local community with recreational facilities since 1860. The ground attracts more than 1.3 million visitors a year with facilities that include tennis courts, 3G pitches, athletics track, a gym and an exercise studio. Paddington Recreation Ground, which

has also received the Green Heritage Site Accreditation for the management of its historic features, celebrates its 125th anniversary this year.

Planning approval for University of Stirling Sports Centre

Stirling Council has approved plans for a £20m transformation of the University of Stirling’s sports facilities. The redevelopment of the University’s

Sports Centre, designed by FaulknerBrowns Architects, will create a new sports building that integrates with the existing facilities on the site, including the national tennis and swimming academies. The new building will provide an animated

entrance gateway to the sports centre and includes purpose-built studios, a fitness suite, three-court sports hall, indoor cycling studio, strength and conditioning area, as well as a high performance suite. Users of the new


building will also benefit from enhanced changing facilities and communal spaces. The building’s glazed frontage exposes a

central cylindrical drum that acts as a welcoming focal point. The fitness suite contained within the drum animates views from the main approach routes. “This scheme will enhance the student

experience by providing new and more visually accessible sporting facilities as well as a new gateway building, which will open up the performance, wellbeing and social aspects of the centre to the wider student body and local community,” says Sherief El-Salamani, project leader at FaulknerBrowns.

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