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Mace named as £20m Derby sports arena winners

Derby City Council has announced that Mace will deliver a new Multi Sport Arena after fending off bids from eight rival firms.

The council said the Mace bid was chosen as it offered the local authority ‘excellent value for money’ and was sympathetic to Derby’s needs.

The exact specification of the arena will be decided after consultation with local sports clubs and the public, but the facility is part of a £50m leisure investment which will see £40 million going towards indoor and outdoor hubs including the arena and a 50-metre pool elsewhere, and £10 million for satellite facilities.

The sports arena is expected to cost more than £20m to design and build.

Mace project manager David Grose said: “Mace is delighted to be entrusted with the delivery of one of Derby’s landmark projects, having beaten off stiff competition from eight other firms. It is really encouraging to see that Derby is investing in its future with key regeneration initiatives such as the Arena.”

“Flexibility will be the key to success for the arena. We need to make the best use of the infield area for recreational sport, competitions, events and concerts, whilst maximising access to the velodrome to ensure that we create a facility that appeals to international athletes and puts Derby on the sports map.”

A planning application is due to be submitted in December. If successful, construction of the Multi Sport Arena is due to start in June 2012 and is expected to be completed within two years.

Facilitates could include an indoor arena the size of 12 badminton courts, a 250m indoor cycle track, an indoor climbing centre, and a 150 station fitness and wellness centre.

The facility could also include two multi-purpose exercise studios, a spinning studio and an outdoor road cycling circuit. It will be able to be transformed into a concert venue with up to 5,000 capacity.

Derby Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture, Councillor Hilary Jones said: “I am delighted to announce the contract with Mace (Ltd). We are confident that we have engaged the best design team to deliver a high quality facility and value for money for the people of Derby.”

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