Derby is set to get a new velodrome and sports centre after plans for the development were approved by the city's council on Wednesday (July 11th) evening.

The £28 million project will be undertaken by Bowmer & Kirkland (B&K) after the company beat off competition from the likes of Bam Construct, Galliford Try, Morgan Siddall and Interserve. The development is set to be built in the shadow of Derby County's Pride Park Stadium which sits just outside the centre of the East Midlands city and will not just solely be reserved for cycling. Planners have said that the 5,000-seater facility will be able to host a number of sports if necessary and that the centre will be adjusted accordingly, the BBC reports.

With the proposals seeing the velodrome being built on a former landfill site, B&K need approval from the Environmental Agency which is due to assess the foundations before construction can take place. If all goes to plan, councillors hope that the velodrome will be open for use by the early part of 2014 and the city's authority has announced that is already taking bookings to use the centre.

Officials have stated that the choice to appoint B&K was a difficult one due to the strict guidelines they had to follow in finding a contractor. Martin Repton, part of Derby city council, noted that the company had to deliver the plans that showed that they will have to stay within budget and if the guidelines are met the facility will be completed within 18 to 24 months.

Mr Repton told the source: "We are obliged to stick to strict criteria, we can't take into account whether they are local or not.

"That might surprise some people but we have to stick to hard facts and figures. The two issues which actually gave it to Bowman and Kirkland were the price and the quality."

The UK has a stellar crop of talented cyclists at the moment with the likes of Chris Hoy and Bradley Wiggins performing well on the international stage. The latter currently holds the yellow jersey at the Tour de France. The development of this centre in Derby is hoped to get more youngsters involved in cycling as a good way of keeping fit.

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