Work on a new major sports arena in Derby has gotten underway as Bowmer & Kirkland breaks the ground on the development.
The £22 million facility has been dubbed the "most exciting" leisure project in Derby for the past 40 years and forms part of the government's plans on leaving a lasting 'legacy' after the Olympic Games. The 156,000 sq ft structure will sit next to Derby County's Pride Park, a mere mile outside of the centre of the city and will be primarily used as a velodrome but also doubles up as a multi-use building. Officials have earmarked a completion date of spring 2014 when the facility will be open and ready to use by professionals and people looking to keep fit.
Since the Olympic Games in London, the emphasis to ensure that there is a legacy continued throughout the UK has been a top priority for the government and the Derby facility is regarded as a major step forward. The summer also saw a plethora of British cyclists claim gold at the Games with the likes of Sir Chris Hoy, Bradley Wiggins and Victoria Pendleton all being successful and this has pushed the sport firmly into the public eye.
Bowmer & Kirkland, a Derbyshire construction firm, originally won the contract in July and received the backing of the Environment Agency recently so that work could officially go ahead. The plans have been praised by councillor Martin Repton who believes that the arena can provide a huge boost for Derby and encourage more people to keep fit and put the East Midlands city firmly on the map in terms of sport.
Mr Repton told the Derby Telegraph: "The new state-of-the-art facilities will act as a catalyst for positive change to meet the aspirations of hundreds of thousands of people.
"These facilities will be a shining beacon to inspire a new generation of sports men and women to embrace healthy lifestyles, to enjoy themselves and possibly become gold medal winners themselves."
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