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Community Stadium - First Artist Impressions And Update

23 December 2016

Grimsby Town and Extreme Leisure are pleased to show some early stages images for the new proposed Community Stadium and Leisure development on Peaks Parkway.

Inspired by a passion for sport and the surrounding lifestyle, EXTREME’s goal is to deliver destinations that not only showcase the best of what EXTREME has to offer, but also to inspire progression through sport and activity enabling consumers to live the brand and an active way of life in one place.

Utilising sport and leisure to breathe life into neglected or under-utilised sites, EXTREME's schemes deliver valuable inward investment, job creation and visitor experiences that significantly enhance the community in which they are located.

EXTREME has now completed the early stage viability assessment of the Community Stadium project and are satisfied that it is a project they wish to progress to a formal planning application with.

We are pleased to show images which are part of a presentation to NELC for a Cabinet decision on 18th January 2017. At the meeting, members of the Cabinet are also expected to discuss a detailed study of the viability of the reference site at Peaks Parkway for the delivery of a Community Stadium and enabling development subject to full planning process and due consultation with the local community.

If given the go-ahead at Cabinet, EXTREME will be proceeding with pre-application planning and will look to instruct their design team to proceed to draw up a Masterplan for this exciting scheme.

The current facility mix being considered includes the following, a state-of-the-art 14,000 capacity football stadium, a new ice rink facility, additional sports and leisure facilities, retail and food & beverage offers.

To ensure viability and the least cost impact to the local district, an enabling element of affordable residential has been included. As part of this EXTREME has agreed and secured full funding which also includes expressions of interest/ pre-let agreement for 50% of the development with quality national leisure operator.

The level of investment for the Stadium & Leisure Project is in expected to be in excess of £55 million, with the number of full-time jobs created in excess of 320 full-time positions excluding construction based on the design and facility mix.
Town director John Fenty said: “We are delighted to have teamed up with Extreme and are looking forward to progressing the relocation. Although the Council’s decision on whether to support this pioneering leisure project has been delayed until January, it will not stop us progressing with plans in anticipation of a supportive outcome.

"This project comes at a time when North East Lincolnshire is on the cusp of significant growth. That growth, together with this project, will see an explosion in employment and new business opportunities.

"I truly believe that we need to make North East Lincolnshire a great place to live, work and play,
and projects of this nature can only help with those objectives.

"I really hope that everyone can unite behind this scheme and make it a reality for the benefit of the wider community, leaving a lasting legacy for generations into the future," John added.

Alistair Gosling Chairman at EXTREME commented: “We have been working hard behind the scenes to come up with an exciting solution for the delivery of the Community stadium and additional Leisure facilities.

"If approved at Cabinet we will be instructing a thorough consultation process so that we can deliver a vibrant and quality new development that will attract visitors, provide regeneration, invest in local facilities and support Grimsby Town FC.

"Our professional team have also taken into account some of the concerns raised at this early stage. We look forward to working in partnership to turn the Community Stadium projects into reality.”

Cllr Ray Oxby, Leader of NELC said: “I’m pleased to hear the club and its developers are pressing ahead with their proposals and I look forward to seeing them presented in more detail at our Cabinet meeting in January.

“As both myself and colleagues have said previously, while we’re determined to do all we can to see a new community stadium built, we must follow a strict process when there’s the potential for public property and resources to be used. 

“We’ve always said we want to get the best deal for the borough, but this doesn’t happen overnight and it’s important that we consider all the relevant issues to inform any decision before a location is chosen.’’

Targeting mainly large scale developments EXTREME partners with land owners, sports clubs, local authorities and leisure operators to deliver the initial concept, master planning, site acquisitions, planning approvals, financial structuring and long-term leisure lettings to unlock the full potential of each site and achieve long-term growth and value for all our stakeholders.

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