£3.5m investment for Olympic Legacy Park

£3.5m investment for Olympic Legacy Park

Sheffield is set to see a new £3.5m indoor community area on its Olympic Legacy Park (OLP), offering sports facilities and a new home for local business.

A plan for the new Park Community Area and car parking has been recommended for approval at a meeting of planning officers.

Designed to complement the existing facilities at the OLP the arena will have three basketballs, seating for up to 2,500 spectators and will become the new home of the Sheffield Sharks basketball team.

The area will also become home to Sheffield based events procurement and delivery company, MLS Contracts Ltd.

Rt Hon Richard Caborn, project lead for the Olympic Legacy Park, on Attercliffe Common, said: “We have already made a huge amount of progress and this planning recommendation represents a significant step forward for the Olympic Legacy Park.”

The 35-acre Olympic Legacy Park, the biggest London 2012 legacy project of its kind in Europe, is set to become an internationally recognised centre for health, wellbeing and innovation.

A joint venture between Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield City Council, the Park was recently visited by Chinese government officials as an example of regeneration possibilities.

Caborn added: “The Park Community Arena will be a fantastic addition to the facilities on the OLP and, combined with the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, iceSheffield and the Sheffield Arena, it will enhance the city’s offer and provide even more opportunities for Sheffield people to improve their health and wellbeing.”