Derby City Council have submitted plans for a brand new £20m multi sports arena in the city.

The futuristic 14,500m2 venue is to be built next to Pride Park Stadium and will include a 250 metre indoor cycling track and 1.5km outdoor closed cycle circuit. There will also be fitness and wellbeing facilities, a large sports infield plus catering and hospitality facilities.

“We have designed an iconic building which will compliment Pride Park Stadium, but will also function as a stand-alone facility” explains Mace project director, David Grose. “The sculptured form will be very striking, exhibiting fluidity and movement to reflect the activities taking place inside”

As well as offering a wide range of sports, the arena has been designed with an audience capacity of 5,000 which will allow Derby to stage cultural events, exhibitions and conferences.

Claire Davenport, director of leisure and culture said: “The multi-sport arena will provide the city with fantastic modern facilities to be proud of and will form part of our lasting Olympic legacy for the people of Derby. Our commitment to transforming Derby’s leisure facilities will play a key role in the future economic growth of the city not to mention benefitting generations to come.”

The arena will sit on the existing park and ride facility, so around 600 new spaces will be built between the arena and football stadium to replace those lost and to provide additional capacity.

Posted on 07/01/2012