Derby velodrome work set to start

Artist impression of sports centre plans As well as a velodrome, the facility will include basketball and badminton courts

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Work on Derby's velodrome is set to start, the city council has confirmed.

Contracts have now been signed between Derby City Council, the contractors and Sport England who have invested £3m in the project.

As well as a velodrome, the £28m facility will house a 12-court sports hall and a gym, on the site of a former landfill site near Pride Park Stadium.

A groundbreaking ceremony is taking place on Thursday with construction due to start on 26 November.

Job creation

Sport England's chairman Richard Lewis said: "There will be a fantastic sporting experience on offer for everyone at the arena, from a world-class velodrome to a 12-court sports hall.

"No project received a larger investment from our Olympic and Paralympic legacy fund and I'm confident this facility will be a source of pride for the region where local people will be inspired to develop a sporting habit for life," he said.

Derby City Councillor Martin Repton said: "This represents a multimillion-pound investment, which in these difficult times will create many temporary, part-time and full-time jobs."

Labour-run Derby City Council decided to proceed with the project, inherited from the former Conservative/Lib Dem coalition administration, in July.

Contractors Bowmer and Kirkland will be building the velodrome and construction of the 5,000-seat facility is expected to take between 18 and 24 months.

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