Announcing final stage of plans for the development of York's Community Stadium, Cllr James Alexander and Cllr Sonja Crisp made the following remarks:
Cllr Alexander: Thank you for joining us this afternoon. Today marks the completion of the final bid stage for the York Community Stadium and Leisure Complex.
The preferred bidder has been selected as the consortium led by Greenwich Leisure Ltd (GLL).
GLL propose to create a new £37m stadium and leisure complex of regional significance on the Monks Cross site which will include an extensive and exciting range of community focused facilities.
GLL will manage the new facilities as well as the existing leisure facilities.
The bid proposes to deliver an 8,000 all-seater stadium as part of what will be a landmark leisure destination for the North of England.
This marks a 2,000 capacity increase from the original 6,000 all-seater brand new home for York City Football Club and York City Knights RLFC, alongside high-quality hospitality and conferencing facilities.
The scheme will also offer a replacement swimming pool fit for the 21st century, fitness and active play facilities as well as a new community hub focussed on providing health and wellbeing services for York residents and visitors.
Whilst providing an exciting mix of community and commercial leisure uses for the city, which exceeds our original expectations, the commercial element of the scheme also provides the vast majority of the funding.
We are leveraging £5 of commercial investment for every £1 of council monies spent.
The leisure complex, which will replace the existing Waterworld and Courtney’s Gym complex adjacent to the stadium, will provide a 25-metre, six-lane swimming pool complemented by a separate teaching pool and fun pool with exciting water features for children.
The scheme will also provide a brand new sports hall facility for netball, badminton and basketball with spectator viewing for up to 250 people, a new 100-station gym with dance and spinning studios and an extreme adventure sports zone, all under the same roof.
There will also be three 3G five-a-side pitches at the site, adding to the impressive leisure offer and helping to support community initiatives and encouraging sport participation for all ages.
Construction is expected to start in spring 2015 and facilities will be operational by late summer 2016.
The community hub at the complex is the first of its kind in the city and will provide bespoke facilities for longstanding partners to the project, including the York NHS Hospital Trust, York St John University, Be Independent (CIC) and Explore York Libraries and Archives Ltd.
They have worked with us throughout the process to ensure we build the best leisure, culture and health offer for the city.
The York NHS Hospital Trust has chosen to base clinical services at the site using a state of the art purpose built space, whilst the Explore Library will provide a new look facility within the open plan hub area.
York St John University’s Institute of Community Sport and Wellbeing will deliver initiatives to promote sport, activity, health, education and wellbeing for those living and working in York and the surrounding area.
An independent Living Assessment Centre, managed by Be Independent, will provide face-to-face advice to enable disabled or elderly people to carry on living independently in their home.