Scarborough Group International has submitted a planning application for a 3,900-capacity stadium which will host Sheffield United Women Football Club and Sheffield Eagles Rugby League Football Club at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.
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.
Locally based 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.
Mark Jackson at Scarborough Group said:
Scarborough Group is looking forward to working with all Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park stakeholders as we deliver the Community Stadium. This will be the start of an important phase in realising the vision of the Park, bringing forward significant private sector investment. We plan to start on site as soon as possible, once we have finalised the necessary documentation with Sheffield City Council.
Andrew Dabbs, Board Director at Whittam Cox Architects, commented:
We are delighted to be part of the process to deliver a proposal that will host two of the city’s most famous and influential sporting teams. The proposed scheme has been through a rigorous design process that has led to the formation of a strong, striking, unique and instantly recognisable piece of stadium architecture.
The development of technical details and selection of the materials palette is directly linked to the heritage of the city. We look forward to the project coming to fruition and the two teams establishing this as their home for many years to come.
Already on the 60-acre Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EISS), iceSheffield, Don Valley Bowl, Oasis Academy Don Valley, UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park campus, 3G pitch and park environment including Outdoor City Run Routes, cycle paths and green open spaces.
In addition, the site will be home to the Sheffield Hallam University Health Innovation Park, which includes the University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre and National Centre for Excellence in Food Engineering. This will be a pioneering place translating excellent research into practical innovations to tackle the world’s health challenges and significantly improve global health and wellbeing, UK productivity and export potential.
Stoop to 25,000
Alexandra Goldschmidt told City AM recently that, while still in the consultation stage, Harlequins are treating the redevelopment of their home ground, The Stoop, as a major project. The ambitious proposed expansion will increase the capacity from 14,800 to 25,000.
Talks with the council are ongoing and Goldschmidt said the timescale is still fluid, but the aim is to expand on behalf of the men’s and women’s teams at the club.