2016 - November 2016

Henry Boot begins building work on the Olympic Legacy Park – 08/11/16

Olympic Legacy ParkPictured (L-R) Henry Boot Director, Tony Shaw, Olympic Legacy Park Project Lead, Richard Caborn, and Olympic Legacy Park Project Director, David Hobson.

Sheffield-based construction and property firm Henry Boot Construction has begun work on the latest phase of the multi-million-pound Olympic Legacy Park (OLP).

As one of the UK's leading and long-standing construction companies, Henry Boot Construction was awarded the contract to develop the OLP’s 3G community pitch as well as the hard and soft landscaping of the 35-acre site.

The 3G community pitch is expected to be complete early next year ready for students from the UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park campus and the Oasis Academy Sheffield to use, and it will be available for public use from May 2017.

The public realm and infrastructure, funded by Sheffield City Region Investment Fund (SCRIF) and designed by Sheffield’s Ares Landscape Architects Ltd, will create a large urban park for leisure and exercise, with walking, running and cycling tracks throughout. Local companies Turner and Townsend and Arup complete the reminder of the design and project management team

Open to the public from May next year, it will enhance urban ecology, with an edible garden, habitats to increase flora and fauna and a number of vantage points for looking over the city centre.

A flexible car park space next to the Park Community Arena will also be used for a range of community health and sports outdoor events.

Tony Shaw, Operations Director at Henry Boot Construction Limited said “We are delighted to be involved in such a landmark scheme for Sheffield. It is great to see the project get underway and over the coming months the Olympic Legacy Park will really start to take shape.”

Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “SCRIF, Sheffield City Region’s major capital investment fund, awarded the OLP £4.9 million for the site’s public realm and infrastructure, including green spaces, utilities and places for developing health and sport innovations in the external environment.

“Comprising of government funding, contributions from local authorities and private sector partners, SCRIF aims to deliver strategic infrastructure and increase economic growth in the region so supporting the OLP is a perfect fit - it is a wonderful example of what can be achieved.”

It follows the completion and opening of the UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park campus – a superb facility for 600 students, aged 14 to 19, specialising in healthcare and sports sciences, and computing.

The Rt Hon Richard Caborn, project lead for the OLP, said: “It is so exciting to see the site really taking shape. The Oasis Academy Don Valley opened last September and has seen its first year of students through the doors. Building work was completed on the UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park campus earlier this month and it opened to students this week. And the site’s landscaping and 3G community pitch are the next stages to get going.

“The landscaping will tie the sites various elements together and really bring it to life – creating extensive green space for both people and nature.

“The pitch is being specially created to meet the needs of a variety of users, from schools and local clubs to professional sporting teams.

The Olympic Legacy Park is the biggest London 2012 legacy project of its kind in Europe. It’s a joint venture between Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Sheffield City Council.

For more information, visit www.olympiclegacypark.co.uk, follow @OLPSheffield on Twitter, like our Olympic Legacy Park page on Facebook or search for Legacy Park Ltd on Linkedin.