ISG has been confirmed as the preferred construction partner as part of the successful consortium bid led by GLL for the circa £41 million York Community Stadium and Leisure Complex scheme. The project comprises a new home stadium for York’s professional football and rugby teams, as well as including leisure, retail, office and community facilities.
The new mixed-use stadium development is set to become a leading leisure destination for the North of England. In addition to creating a new 8,000 all-seater stadium with high-quality hospitality and conferencing facilities, ISG will also deliver a new 25m six-lane swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness and active play facilities, as well as a community hub, providing health and wellbeing services for local residents and visitors.
The stadium’s East Stand is home to a three-storey community hub – the first of its kind in the city, providing accommodation for key partners, including York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, York Against Cancer, York St John University and Be Independent (CIC). The Trust will use space to provide training and development services, while Be Independent will offer face-to-face advice from its new stadium offices.
A new high-specification linked leisure facility will replace the outdated Waterworld and Courtney’s Gym buildings, providing a main pool, with separate teaching and fun pools with fun water features for children. A multi-use sports hall for netball, basketball and badminton will have viewing for up to 250 spectators. The scheme also includes a 100-station gym with dance and spinning studios and an extreme adventure sports zone. ISG will also deliver three external floodlit 3G sports pitches, provide significant car parking provision and extend the Monks Cross Park & Ride facility.
To the rear and separate from the South Stand, ISG will build a series of new retail units and a first floor cinema complex. The project is expected to commence on site in summer 2015, with completion scheduled for autumn 2016.
Danny Murray, ISG’s Northern regional managing director, commented:
“Our involvement in the York Community Stadium project extends back to 2012 and we have worked closely with GLL and our consortium partners to bring the vision for this keynote regional leisure scheme to reality. ISG has exceptionally strong leisure sector credentials, delivering iconic sporting venues like the Olympic Velodrome and the National Football Development Centre in Newport, and we are looking forward to working with our consortium partners to create superb new facilities for York.”