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Changes To York Community Stadium Considered


10:49am 7th January 2014

City of York Council are looking at plans to change the design of the new community stadium in York today.

Cabinet members will be asked to consider progress made on the delivery of York’s Community Stadium and agree the framework against which final bids for the design, build, operation and maintenance of the facility, at a meeting on the 7 January 2014.

City of York Council say an updated business case will be brought to members for discussion, with costs for the running the stadium being covered by rental from the sports clubs, the community hub tenants and commercial income streams identified by the final two bidders. They add that the total cost to the council remains unchanged from the business case and budget for the project, which was approved at Full Council on 30 March 2012.

The report outlines the procurement timetable to be agreed by Cabinet, so that the bidders can progress their final detailed proposals ready for submission to the authority in March 2014.

Changes to the design criteria for the stadium are also being proposed, say City of York Council, to encourage bidders to come forward with an attractive design that also maximises the base capacity.  This follows discussions with the bidders’ design teams, alongside feedback from the sports clubs and residents. The council add that, key to proposals is the option of considering terracing in the design, particularly if FSIF funding is not secured before the final submission stage.

The planned associated county standard athletics track being built at Heslington West is expected, say the council, to be completed by September/ October 2014 and will include a sand dressed artificial hockey and football pitch, grass infield to track suitable for both athletics field and football, a 500 capacity viewing stand, a club house and changing facilities.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, cabinet member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said: “This scheme will provide a range of significant benefits for the city including; new high quality facilities for Football, Rugby and Athletics, a range of much needed community facilities and new jobs in the build and running of the complex. We’re at an exciting part of the procurement process and I look forward to the final proposals from our bidders.”

The community stadium project costs stand at £19.412million, made up of £4million from the council with the remainder from S106 funds and York City football Club contributions. The procurement process is governed by strict EU regulations, requiring commercial confidentiality, say the council.

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