Sports village edges closer to fruition as developer is chosen

Scarborough Council wants to develop a sports village on the former Weaponness car and coach park.
Scarborough Council wants to develop a sports village on the former Weaponness car and coach park.
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Councillors are set to rubber-stamp the chosen developer for Scarborough’s multi-million pound sports village in autumn following the selection of a preferred bidder.

Scarborough Council’s cabinet has recommended Wrendbridge Land Ltd to build the long-awaited project, following the submission of final tenders.

The privately-owned firm was behind a number of new venues built for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

It is also currently developing a new “similar-sized” stadium for Cambridge United that includes a community leisure village with indoor and outdoor sports amenities, alongside a neighbouring commercial and residential development.

Describing it as a “huge step forward”, the council’s projects manager, Chris Bourne, said: “Wrenbridge is an expert property company that is capable of managing all development needs of sports clubs, organisations and local authorities.

“They have considerable experience in the delivery of new stadia and sports facilities, from large multi-purpose international arenas to small community-led stadia.”

The council wants to develop a multi-purpose complex for the borough on the former Weaponness coach and car park, which would include a 2,000-capacity football ground with scope for expansion, an outdoor multi-use games area and a sports centre comprising indoor hall, fitness suite, activity studio and squash courts. Plans for an eight-lane swimming pool will be pursued through a separate project, which will be developed alongside the leisure village.

The authority and Wrenbridge will now work together throughout the summer to deliver a pre-construction programme, with a further report due to be made to Full Council in September. It will then decide whether to approve the cabinet’s decision.