The University of Worcester has submitted a planning application for the £10 million Worcester Arena project – and appointed Willmott Dixon to price the works.
The arena, located at a former fruit and vegetable market on Hylton Road, is designed to increase sport participation from grass roots to elite level across the region.
Willmott Dixon will work with consultants to develop the design, allowing construction work to commence in April 2011 if planning permission is granted.
The arena, designed by Gloucester-based Roberts Limbrick Architects, is scheduled to open in April 2012.
It will provide facilities for a full range of indoor sports, with special emphasis on international basketball. At 5,300 sq m, and with retractable seating for up to 1,850 people, it will be capable of holding major indoor sports events.
University of Worcester vice-chancellor Professor David Green said: “The introduction of this arena will provide a first-class facility for sports lovers in the city and region.
“It will attract a great range of top-class national and international events to the city, particularly in disability sport.”