The Scarborough Leisure Village Project
8 December 2016
Latest Willmott Dixon Newsletter to local residents
18 September 2016
Drone footage from above Weaponness - filmed by Paul Reeder on 12 September
15 September 2016
Terracing at the far end of the ground takes shape
7 August 2016
Photos of the new main stand under construction
5 August 2016
Drone's Eye View of the Leisure Village
Read the full project report by Paul Thompson
13 June 2016
Leisure Village Progress Video and Interview
Photos from the free guided tours of the Leisure Village construction site as part of Open Doors week from 13-18 June
Tour in progress
View of the Leisure Village. Directly in the foreground is the bus turning circle. The Leisure Village includes a swimming pool, gym and bar and sports hall with the stadium located in the distance.
Gym and Bar Framework overlooking the pitch in the distance and to the right. Swimming Pool to the bottom end (white coated steel work- forms a protective coat from chlorine)
From where the corner flag will be, looking across at the location of the pitch
Tour in progress (2)
8 June 2016
Progress at Weaponness so far
12 May 2016
Photos of the construction site at Weaponness
Brilliant new picture shows our three Scarborough projects; a UTC, university campus and leisure village pic.twitter.com/wCZt9WW9LF— Willmott Dixon (@WillmottDixon) May 11, 2016
25 April 2016
Issue Number 4 of the Willmott Dixon Newsletter for the Weaponness developments has been released, with a comprehensive update on progress from the construction site.
15 April 2016
Recent drone photo and open day tours announced
Thank you to Willmott Dixon for a recent drone photo showing the progress at Weaponness from the air!
In June Willmott Dixon are putting on a series of free tours of the construction site of the Leisure Village. As part of the visit, you will be guided around the Scarborough Leisure Village project, and shown the building methods and engineer works. You will also be able to see how the site is progressing internally and externally.
The tours are taking place from Monday 13th June to Saturday 18th June. Visits are at 11am and 3pm for an hour from Monday to Friday, with a tour at 11am on the Saturday. You can book a tour slot for free via the Open Doors website
24 March 2016
You can now watch construction of the Scarborough Leisure Village unfold thanks to a new webcam on site.
Following the start of construction on the site at the end of January 2016, Contracters Willmott Dixon have installed the webcam to show the progress made on the Weaponness project so far, and enable supporters to see the building work develop on the Leisure Village as excitement builds ahead of the return of the club to Scarborough in summer 2017.
Willmott Dixon were appointed by Scarborough Borough Council under Scape Group’s Major Works framework to create Scarborough Leisure Village. This includes an eight lane 25-metre Olympic legacy swimming pool and fitness centre as well as all-weather football pitch and spectator stand that will be home to Scarborough Athletic FC.
Anthony Dillon, Willmott Dixon managing director in the North West said: “We are very proud of our track-record in the leisure sector, providing first-class facilities for local people. Scarborough is a fantastic town and we are looking forward to using our expertise in leisure projects to deliver a facility that will revitalise this part of Scarborough.”
Image from the webcam taken on Tuesday 22 March 2016
7 March 2016
Good progress on the construction of the Leisure Village and the roofing and cladding works have been awarded to Indbuild Ltd
Making good progress building the Leisure Village in Scarborough. Will update further on timings shortly...
Making good progress building the Leisure Village in Scarborough. Will update further on timings shortly...— Wrenbridge Sport (@WrenbridgeSport) March 3, 2016
2 February 2016
Photos from the construction site
28 January 2016
Time capsule to commemorate start of Leisure Village construction
Listen to a BBC Radio York interview with Boro Chairman Dave Holland at: http://bbc.in/2085avl (02:51:30 in)
Photos taken from the 'Donkey Field' next to the Leisure Village site on Saturday 23 January
Photo of the Leisure Village site at Weaponness taken on Thursday 21st January 2016.
Scarborough Borough Council have been awarded £162,012 towards the cost of the 3G pitch at the Leisure Village at Weaponness.
The Football Foundation has awarded grants worth £14 million from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund (PL/FA:FF) towards 163 grassroots facility projects worth £57m between June and December 2015, including the Weaponness scheme.
Funding from the PL/FA:FF goes towards building new or refurbishing existing floodlit third generation (3G) football turf pitches (FTPs) and changing pavilions across the country.
Nick Bitel, Sport England Chair, said: “Sports pitches and pavilions are used by millions of people each week, so it's important that we make sure that they're high quality, welcoming and accessible for everyone.
"We're proud to be working with the FA, Premier League, Government and Football Foundation to create so many excellent facilities that benefit people now, and for years to come.”
Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This continued investment is improving the capacity and quality of local facilities for people who play their football, and other sports, purely for the love of it.
“Since we were launched in 2000, the Football Foundation has supported over 14,000 grassroots projects worth more than £1.3bn. By securing partnership funding the Foundation maximises the return on our Funding Partners’ investment. By targeting this investment into areas of greatest need and where it will have the greatest impact, we also maximise the impact of that investment.”
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163 grassroots facilities upgraded with £14m worth of investment from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund https://t.co/6AKLEy3QIi— Football Foundation (@FootballFoundtn) January 4, 2016
Willmott Dixon Newsletter Issue No. 3
PROGRESS SO FAR
Scarborough Leisure Village
- Hedge trimming and cutting
- Soil stripped and stored
- Demolition and crushing of masonry and brick rubble
- Site levels being viewed and positioned
- Water samples taken at the beck
- Excavate foundations
- Concrete and drainage works
A number of residents attended a site surgery on 10th December to view the project and discuss issues. Possible noise issues during planned concrete works were discussed. Unfortunately due to the time of year, the work may progress later than the agreed daily hours and is something the team is discussing with the relevant local authorities.
Ashburn Drive has been cleaned more regularly, after concerns on the cleaning regime.
Local hedgehog houses have been installed after discussions with a local resident, who had expressed concerns.
Wilmott Dixon is becoming more involved in Scarborough local wildlife projects, after recent high winds.
Mencap Centre - entrance alterations required, and being completed by Willmott Dixon
Student visit to discuss apprenticeships and careers in construction
November 2015 - Ground broken on the Scarborough UTC construction
Good progress on Scarborough project. Hoping to get going really soon. We will be in touch with exact programme and news ASAP.— Wrenbridge Sport (@WrenbridgeSport) October 6, 2015
October 2015 - Ground broken on the Coventry University Scarborough Campus site
Work starts on the Coventry University/UTC site
Photos from @RichardOldale on Twitter
The meeting of Council on Monday 7 September 2015 approved the funding arrangement for the Leisure Village, marking one of the final steps before the start of construction on the Weaponness site.
Following the decision, Chairman Dave Holland commented: "The approval of the funding details for the Leisure Village marks another step forward, with contruction work beginning shortly on site."
"The club have been working hard behind the scenes in anticipation of the approval, putting plans in place for the return back to Scarborough. We continue to liaise closely with the Council and other interested parties with regard to the development."
Back on Thursday 28th May 2015, the planning application for a new leisure village, incorporating a 2,000 capacity community football ground, was granted planning permission by the Scarborough Borough Council Planning and Development committee.
After a 90 minute meeting at the Town Hall, committee members voted in favour of the development by a large majority, with just one councillor voting against the application.
The next major project milestone is Sport England and Football Foundation grant applications being considered by their Boards in July/August 2015.
In March 2015 the club was invited by Scarborough Borough Council to participate in the public consultation in relation to the planning application for the Scarborough Leisure Village (15/00407/RG3). The club sent in the following comments on 2 April to the local planning authority:
An update from Cllr Cockerill, Portfolio Holder for Harbours, Assets, Coast and Flood Protection, as part of the Council meeting on Monday 20th February 2015
Sales of the enabling sites are progressing well. The front of the former McCain Stadium on Seamer Road has already been conditionally sold to Lidl. The remaining sites are either under agreed heads of terms for sale or are in advanced negotiations with heads of terms shortly to be signed, including sales to the new UTC and University of Coventry.
Work on the planning application has progressed well, and a draft planning application is due to be submitted by the end of February.
A pre-planning consultation was held by Wrenbridge and Lidl at the Falsgrave Community Resource Centre on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 February. Over 350 residents attended and provided feedback on the proposals. To date the feedback received has been most positive. The exhibition has now been moved to the Town Hall corridor and is also available online on the Council’s Consultations webpage for residents to continue to view the proposals and submit comments.
On 18 December Scarborough Borough Council announced the sale of part of the McCain Stadium site on Seamer Road to provide the funding for the Leisure Village project.
"Scarborough Borough Council is pleased to confirm that it has agreed the sale of part of the former McCain Stadium land in Scarborough, which is one of the three enabling sites that will provide the necessary funding for the new leisure village.
“The sale therefore represents a major step forward in the progress of the development.
“The approval process included an agreement to give reassurance to Sport England that the council will provide a unilateral undertaking that the sales receipt from the purchaser of the land will go towards the leisure village development with Wrenbridge Land Limited.
“We are currently going through the approval process for Iconic Facilities grant funding of £2.2 million for the development from Sport England.
“Contracts have been exchanged with the purchaser of the land and the sales process is continuing.
“This is an important step for the development and we will be announcing further details in early January.”
A major part of the Fans Forum in November 2014 at The Old Vic was an update on the Scarborough Leisure Village. A specially prepared statement from Scarborough Borough Council and Scarborough Athletic FC was read out and discussed by the Ground Committee. The statement is included in full here:
Scarborough Athletic fans will be aware that the overarching principle behind the Scarborough Leisure Village Development is that the Developer will sell the Council’s Enabling Sites, at Filey Road (current Sports Centre), Seamer Road (former McCain Stadium) and residual land at Weaponness (former Park & Ride car park), and the monies generated will be used to fund the costs associated with the design and construction of the Leisure Village with the exception of the swimming pool which will be separately funded directly by SBC.
Parties have now been identified to purchase the Council’s land and work has been ongoing behind the scenes to enter into heads of terms or contracts for sale for the land to be purchased. Purchasers have now begun to carry out their own due diligence surveys on the land as part of a normal sale process. Purchasers are also working on preparing their own planning applications and we hope that the first of these will be submitted before the end of 2014. The design team and contractor have now been engaged to design and build the leisure village and preparation of the planning application for the leisure village is underway.
Meetings have been held with the FA and Scarborough Athletic to review the proposed pitch usage programme and to begin to develop the grant application to the Football Foundation.
We look forward to Scarborough Athletic continuing to work in partnership with the Council, and although the time taken to get to this point has caused some frustration for fans, some of whom who are keen to see progress, it is important to understand that getting the detail of the development right is critical to success.
Following this statement, it was reported that the Ground Committee met with Scarborough Borough Council, the FA and the contractors of the Leisure Village in September. A draft agreement for the Heads of Terms which details the usage of the Leisure Village by Scarborough Athletic continues to evolve; the Ground Committee is in regular contact with Council Officers.