Steelwork erection begins on Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park stadium

WCN Editorial Team 14 Sep 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park in the UK has reached a key construction milestone with start of steelwork erection on the new Community Stadium.

The stadium will include a three-storey, covered grandstand as well as 23,000 ft2 of business space and ancillary facilities.

Besides, SGI committed to offering three Padel Tennis courts within the stadium’s grounds.

The stadium will serve as a permanent home to Sheffield Eagles Rugby League Football Club, while being available for community use.

Scarborough Group International (SGI) is the project’s developer, with GMI Construction being the main contractor for the stadium.

GMI divisional managing director Lee Powell called Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park a ‘flagship scheme’ in its construction portfolio.

“We’re making excellent progress and are excited about the future as we develop a state-of-the-art facility which will be massive for the region,” Powell stated.

The project will use nearly 240 tonnes of steelwork, 2,350 tonnes of concrete and 100,000 blocks, with over 10,000 tonnes of material moved as part of the earthworks.

Completion of the steelwork is expected early next month, with complete project handover anticipated by February next year.

Last year in December, SGI entered into a development agreement with Sheffield City Council to provide a masterplan for nearly 850,000 ft2 of commercial space at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park.

Apart from the stadium, SGI plans to submit a planning application for the project’s first phase, which will include an Enterprise Centre to back start-ups and growth businesses in the health, sport and activity segments, as well as public realm upgrades by the end of the year.

SGI development director Mark Jackson said: “We are delighted to see works on the Community Stadium progressing well and on target, especially as we know how important it will be to the local community.

“Not only will it provide valuable employment opportunities and economic benefits, it will also help to support the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors alike by providing fantastic sporting facilities on their doorstep.”

GMI Construction has secured several contracts in the UK so far this year.

In June 2021, the firm bagged a £30m contract from St James Securities to construct build to rent (BTR) scheme in the new Becketwell development in Derby.

Furthermore, in the same month, the firm received a contract from The Symphony Group to build a production warehouse facility at its headquarters in Barnsley.


Steelwork erection begins on Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park stadium. Credit: GMI Construction.

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