Sheffield City Council has signed a new agreement with Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, supporting the ambitious plans for further development over the next 3 years.
The site has been transformed in recent years, putting Sheffield firmly on the map as the home of applied innovation and cutting-edge research.
There has also been a wealth of investment at the Park, focusing on creating a lasting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and developing a national centre of excellence for health and wellbeing research.
Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is one of the most exciting regeneration projects in South Yorkshire, promoting an integrated approach to health, wellbeing, and sport in Sheffield, as well as nationally and internationally, through education, research, community participation and professional sports.
Cllr Mazher Iqbal, Executive Member for City Futures: Development, Culture and Regeneration, said: “We’ve seen Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park go from strength to strength in the past few years and it has established Sheffield as a major player in the world of health and physical activity.
“There has been a real community effort in pooling all of the knowledge and talent we have across the city to create a centre that will benefit not only our residents but people across the world.
“It is fantastic to see pioneering work being done right here in our city. We plan for Sheffield to lead the way nationally, inspiring others and transforming lives in the future.
“We have already seen the boost the Park has provided to our local economy and by extending our agreement we are paving the way for more jobs and opportunities for our city.
“We will continue to provide our support , and I look forward to seeing the next stage of exciting developments.”
Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park forms an important part of the pioneering Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID), which will drive new innovation-focussed training and business activity – connecting local people to emerging opportunities, creating new jobs, and new wealth for the region.
The ground-breaking work being done at the Park to understand and improve people’s health will have a direct impact on enhancing quality of life.
Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is already home to the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, iceSheffield, an Oasis Academy, a University Technical College and Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre.
In the coming weeks, the Community Stadium will be completed alongside the 3G pitch, and the Community Arena will start construction, adding further world-class sport and activity facilities to the Park.
£9m funding has recently been confirmed from the Government’s Levelling Up Fund to develop a new National Centre for Child Health Technology, which will focus on technology to provide the world’s most advanced healthcare for children and young people.
Scarborough Group International, the development partner for Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, is about to submit a forward investment masterplan for the next phase of development which is expected to generate over 5,600 high value jobs and includes the creation of an Innovation Centre to support fledgling businesses in the health, wellbeing, sport, and activity sectors.
Photo L-R: Councillor Mazher Iqbal & Rt Hon Richard Caborn