Vibrant Partnerships, which manages Lee Valley Ice Centre in east London, is working with property developers Hines on plans to build a world class arena complete with an international competition size ice rink with seating capacity of 2,500 that would meet the high standards required to host major tournaments, from figure skating events to ice hockey matches as well as serving as a major leisure destination for the already popular Liffey Valley Shopping Centre in Dublin.
Vibrant Partnerships has been using their experience and expertise in working with national and international sports governing bodies to host regional, national and international competitions, including the Irish Figure Skating Championships, the first to be held outside of Ireland.
The organisation has been providing consultancy services to Hines on the design specifications and business plan for the proposed ice centre in Dublin, as well as developing a busy and vibrant activity programme.
The team from Vibrant Partnerships that is supporting the Liffey Valley project includes Alan Seabrook, General Manager at Vibrant Partnerships. Alan has vast experience of running leisure venues and is no stranger to the world of ice skating, having been Manager of Lee Valley Ice Centre, former President of the National Ice Skating Association in the UK , Chairman of European figure skating championships 2012 and is currently Director of Development and Performance for the Ice Skating Association of Ireland. He has also advised on the development of new ice centres and refurbishments across the UK and Europe including Bournemouth, Swindon, Nottingham and Iceland. Sea brook said:
It’s a terrific opportunity to play a part in this ambitious project. We have applied our extensive, all-round expertise and experience in designing venues that can host any events, from international competitions to community performances, as well as providing users, from skaters to ice hockey teams, what they want through developing and implementing busy activity programmes that cater for everyone, from absolute beginners to international competition level athletes.
The plans for the ice arena in Dublin are part of a proposal by Hines to expand the Liffey Valley Shopping Centre which includes a considerable increase in retail and car parking spaces and creating a new plaza. An application for planning permission is currently being considered by the planning authority.
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