Bond Bryan has drawn up plans to demolish Sheffield’s Don Valley Stadium to make way for a 100,000m² Olympic legacy district
The regeneration concept has been released just a fortnight after Sheffield City Council announced the iconic 25,000-seat sports venue would close to the public in September.
The Sheffield-based practice has created the project’s initial visualisations and is working on a feasibility study for the scheme which could see the 1991 stadium demolished to make way for the 100,000m² campus.
Described as the ‘most comprehensive Olympic legacy project outside the capital’, the Don Valley scheme includes basketball, gymnastics and snooker venues alongside a national sports medicine centre, technical college and engineering faculty for Sheffield Hallam University.
The proposals – backed by Sheffield City Council, the city’s two universities, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the Local Enterprise Partnership and Sport England – will also include the refurbishment of Woodbourn Road athletics site.
Former sports minister Richard Caborn said: ‘This is the result of intensive work by a small group of significant organisations in the Sheffield City Region to consider a future for the Don Valley stadium footprint. It is a unique scheme which has already received funding to go to the feasibility stage.
‘In effect it becomes an advanced sports and wellbeing park giving a comprehensive delivery of the Olympic legacy that we promised in Singapore in 2005. It has the potential to build even further the sports, leisure and related wellness sector embracing and advancing a range of partners in the Sheffield City region that will have real and measurable impact on sporting performance at many levels.
‘This is an economic wealth generation project which would take the Don Valley Stadium site from being underutilised to becoming an economic driver.’
Lord Coe, chair of LOCOG also backed the scheme, adding: ‘I have seen the proposal and it is actually quite a thoughtful one and relies on the proper delivery of track and field in Sheffield which will form a significant part of the delivery of the Olympic and Paralympic legacy. These conversations are never easy and are based on local priorities but clubs, universities, other facilities and organisations are coming together to find a solution that works for Sheffield, works for athletics and works for sport in general.’
Earlier this month, Sheffield City Council voted to close Don Valley stadium to save £7 million from its budget over the next five years.
The local authority – which is facing a £50 million budget cut – argued the Sheffield City Council Architects-designed building cost £700,000-a-year to run and had a £1.6 million repair bill.
Featuring a white tensile roof supported by yellow-painted tubular steel, the landmark venue opened in 1991 as the centrepiece of the Steel City’s £147 million World Student Games development.