Address of the new ground:
Scarborough Leisure Village
5 Ashburn Road
Scarborough
North Yorkshire
YO11 2JW

 

SAFC TV Video update of the new ground

 

April 2017 photos

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SAFC TV Ground Update March 2017

 

8 December 2016

Latest Willmott Dixon Newsletter to local residents

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18 September 2016

Drone footage from above Weaponness - filmed by Paul Reeder on 12 September

 

15 September 2016

Terracing at the far end of the ground takes shape

 

7 August 2016

Photos of the new main stand under construction

 

5 August 2016

Drone's Eye View of the Leisure Village

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Football returns to Scarborough thanks to Willmott Dixon's Olympic legacy leisure village 

13 June 2016

Leisure Village Progress Video and Interview

Photos from the free guided tours of the Leisure Village construction site as part of Open Doors week from 13-18 June

 

Tour in progress

 

View of the Leisure Village. Directly in the foreground is the bus turning circle. The Leisure Village includes a swimming pool, gym and bar and sports hall with the stadium located in the distance.

 

Gym and Bar Framework overlooking the pitch in the distance and to the right. Swimming Pool to the bottom end (white coated steel work- forms a protective coat from chlorine)

 

From where the corner flag will be, looking across at the location of the pitch

 

Tour in progress (2)

 

8 June 2016

Progress at Weaponness so far

 

12 May 2016

Photos of the construction site at Weaponness

 

25 April 2016

Progress Newsletter

Issue Number 4 of the Willmott Dixon Newsletter for the Weaponness developments has been released, with a comprehensive update on progress from the construction site.

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15 April 2016

Recent drone photo and open day tours announced

Thank you to Willmott Dixon for a recent drone photo showing the progress at Weaponness from the air!

In June Willmott Dixon are putting on a series of free tours of the construction site of the Leisure Village. As part of the visit, you will be guided around the Scarborough Leisure Village project, and shown the building methods and engineer works. You will also be able to see how the site is progressing internally and externally.

The tours are taking place from Monday 13th June to Saturday 18th June. Visits are at 11am and 3pm for an hour from Monday to Friday, with a tour at 11am on the Saturday. You can book a tour slot for free via the Open Doors website

24 March 2016

You can now watch construction of the Scarborough Leisure Village unfold thanks to a new webcam on site. 

Following the start of construction on the site at the end of January 2016, Contracters Willmott Dixon have installed the webcam to show the progress made on the Weaponness project so far, and enable supporters to see the building work develop on the Leisure Village as excitement builds ahead of the return of the club to Scarborough in summer 2017.

Willmott Dixon were appointed by Scarborough Borough Council under Scape Group’s Major Works framework to create Scarborough Leisure Village. This includes an eight lane 25-metre Olympic legacy swimming pool and fitness centre as well as all-weather football pitch and spectator stand that will be home to Scarborough Athletic FC.

Anthony Dillon, Willmott Dixon managing director in the North West said: “We are very proud of our track-record in the leisure sector, providing first-class facilities for local people. Scarborough is a fantastic town and we are looking forward to using our expertise in leisure projects to deliver a facility that will revitalise this part of Scarborough.”

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Image from the webcam taken on Tuesday 22 March 2016

 

7 March 2016

Good progress on the construction of the Leisure Village and the roofing and cladding works have been awarded to Indbuild Ltd

2 February 2016

Photos from the construction site

 

 

28 January 2016

Time capsule to commemorate start of Leisure Village construction

Construction of the much anticipated Scarborough Leisure Village got underway earlier this month, and an official ceremony to formally commemorate the start of works on site was held today, Thursday 28 January.

Burial of a time capsule to mark the official start on site of Scarborough Leisure Village.

The Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough buried a time capsule containing items that tell the story of the project and important information about organisations that will be the eventual users of the Leisure Village once it is completed. The aim of the time capsule is to reflect how the project and organisations are in 2016. The time capsule will have a burial life of fifty years with instructions left for the next generation to bring the time capsule to the surface in 2066 to reveal the history of the development.

Various memorabilia and images from Scarborough Athletic Football Club, Scarborough Ladies Football Club, Kingfishers Swimming Club, Scarborough Swimming Club, Scarborough Sports Centre and Scarborough Indoor Pool and media releases charting the history of the development to date. 

Scarborough Leisure Village, which will be home to an eight lane 25-metre Olympic Legacy swimming pool and learner pool, a four-court sports hall, squash courts, a 60-station fitness suite, an aerobics studio and a new ground for Evo-Stik First Division North team, Scarborough Athletic Football Club, was given the final green light just before Christmas. All of the conditions relating to the development agreement for the leisure village were discharged and contracts were signed with construction company, Willmott Dixon, to allow the build to commence. Enabling works and demolition have already been completed and earthworks are in progress. It is anticipated that the construction will be completed in summer 2017.

The Leisure Village is being developed by Wrenbridge Sport on land at the town’s former Weaponness coach park. Elsewhere on the site, Wrenbridge is also developing two state of the art educational campuses for Coventry University Scarborough Campus and Scarborough University Technical College.

In a joint statement, Cllr Tom Fox, the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough and Cllr Derek Bastiman, Leader of Scarborough Borough Council said:

“Good things come to those who wait and what better way to kick off 2016 than to celebrate the start of this eagerly anticipated development. There have been those who said this project would never happen, but we and our partners have never lost sight of our ultimate goal, which is to create a first class leisure facility for local people and a new football ground for Scarborough Athletic Football Club and other sports and community clubs and groups. We are looking forward to seeing the construction progress and eagerly await next year’s opening, which, without a doubt, will be a much celebrated milestone in the history of sport and leisure in our borough.”

Burial of a time capsule to mark the official start on site of Scarborough Leisure Village.
Pictured left to right are: Kevan Murray (Everyone Active), Richard Arnold (Wrenbridge Sport), Cllr Tom Fox (Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough), Simon Atkinson (Willmott Dixon), Dave Holland (Scarborough Athletic Football Club)

Richard Arnold, Director of Wrenbridge Sport, added:

“As development partners to the council, Wrenbridge is delighted that works on the new leisure village have now started on site.  This marks a significant milestone in delivering this major regeneration project and we are looking forward to providing new community sports facilities for Scarborough as well as making a home for the football club back in the town a reality.”

Dave Holland, Chairman of Scarborough Athletic Football Club said:

"I am one of a whole generation of supporters who witnessed the demise of the Scarborough Football Club ground in 2007 and who have, ever since, held onto the dream of returning back to the town from exile in Bridlington.

“We are all very excited as we look forward to seeing a Scarborough club playing in Scarborough and being able to welcome a whole new generation to the pleasures of participating in community football or simply watching from the terraces.

“It’s a personal dream coming true and I am just trying to work out the number of sleeps until we walk out at Weaponness.”

Sport England is investing more than £30 million in National Lottery funding into innovative, large-scale, multi-sport facility projects such as Scarborough Leisure Village, which it has awarded £2.2m.

Sport England has also provided the Olympic Legacy swimming pool for the development. Projects, such as Scarborough Leisure Village, are being delivered against a backdrop of local authority and national governing body priorities. The facilities supported through the fund carry the London 2012 Inspire Mark, a permanent celebration of their role in the legacy of the Olympic Games.

Charles Johnston, Sport England Director of Property said:

“We are delighted to invest over £2.2 million of National Lottery funding in the Scarborough Leisure Village. Offering state-of-the-art sporting facilities, as well as becoming the new home of Scarborough Athletic FC. I am confident that upon its completion, the leisure village will become a real focal point for the town and no doubt inspire more locals to become active.”

On opening, the Leisure Village will be operated by Everyone Active, which is already working in partnership with Scarborough Borough Council to manage its current sports facilities in Scarborough and Whitby. The Leisure Village will replace the current sports centre on Filey Road and indoor pool on Ryndle Crescent.

Kevan Murray, Scarborough and Ryedale Area Contract Manager for Everyone Active said:

“We’re very excited for the start of developments on the new Leisure Village. The centre will allow for us to offer a wide range of brand new activities and will undoubtedly play a huge part in improving the health and wellbeing of people in Scarborough.

“We look forward to working with the council on this fantastic new project and seeing building works take shape.”

Photo credit: Richard Wood photography

Listen to a BBC Radio York interview with Boro Chairman Dave Holland at: http://bbc.in/2085avl (02:51:30 in)

Photos taken from the 'Donkey Field' next to the Leisure Village site on Saturday 23 January

Photo of the Leisure Village site at Weaponness taken on Thursday 21st January 2016.

Scarborough Borough Council have been awarded £162,012 towards the cost of the 3G pitch at the Leisure Village at Weaponness.

The Football Foundation has awarded grants worth £14 million from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund (PL/FA:FF) towards 163 grassroots facility projects worth £57m between June and December 2015, including the Weaponness scheme.

Funding from the PL/FA:FF goes towards building new or refurbishing existing floodlit third generation (3G) football turf pitches (FTPs) and changing pavilions across the country.

Nick Bitel, Sport England Chair, said: “Sports pitches and pavilions are used by millions of people each week, so it's important that we make sure that they're high quality, welcoming and accessible for everyone.

"We're proud to be working with the FA, Premier League, Government and Football Foundation to create so many excellent facilities that benefit people now, and for years to come.”

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “This continued investment is improving the capacity and quality of local facilities for people who play their football, and other sports, purely for the love of it.

“Since we were launched in 2000, the Football Foundation has supported over 14,000 grassroots projects worth more than £1.3bn.  By securing partnership funding the Foundation maximises the return on our Funding Partners’ investment.  By targeting this investment into areas of greatest need and where it will have the greatest impact, we also maximise the impact of that investment.”

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Willmott Dixon Newsletter Issue No. 3

Page 1

PROGRESS SO FAR

Scarborough Leisure Village

  • Hedge trimming and cutting
  • Soil stripped and stored
  • Demolition and crushing of masonry and brick rubble
  • Site levels being viewed and positioned
  • Water samples taken at the beck

Planned

  • Excavate foundations
  • Concrete and drainage works

Page 2

A number of residents attended a site surgery on 10th December to view the project and discuss issues. Possible noise issues during planned concrete works were discussed. Unfortunately due to the time of year, the work may progress later than the agreed daily hours and is something the team is discussing with the relevant local authorities.

Ashburn Drive has been cleaned more regularly, after concerns on the cleaning regime.

Local hedgehog houses have been installed after discussions with a local resident, who had expressed concerns. 

Wilmott Dixon is becoming more involved in Scarborough local wildlife projects, after recent high winds.

Mencap Centre - entrance alterations required, and being completed by Willmott Dixon

Student visit to discuss apprenticeships and careers in construction

 

November 2015 - Ground broken on the Scarborough UTC construction

Download the first Willmott Dixon newsletter on the developments at Weaponness...

October 2015 - Ground broken on the Coventry University Scarborough Campus site

Work starts on the Coventry University/UTC site

Photos from @RichardOldale on Twitter

September 2015

The meeting of Council on Monday 7 September 2015 approved the funding arrangement for the Leisure Village, marking one of the final steps before the start of construction on the Weaponness site.

          

Following the decision, Chairman Dave Holland commented: "The approval of the funding details for the Leisure Village marks another step forward, with contruction work beginning shortly on site."

"The club have been working hard behind the scenes in anticipation of the approval, putting plans in place for the return back to Scarborough. We continue to liaise closely with the Council and other interested parties with regard to the development."

May 2015

Back on Thursday 28th May 2015, the planning application for a new leisure village, incorporating a 2,000 capacity community football ground, was granted planning permission by the Scarborough Borough Council Planning and Development committee.

After a 90 minute meeting at the Town Hall, committee members voted in favour of the development by a large majority, with just one councillor voting against the application.

The next major project milestone is Sport England and Football Foundation grant applications being considered by their Boards in July/August 2015.

April 2015

In March 2015 the club was invited by Scarborough Borough Council to participate in the public consultation in relation to the planning application for the Scarborough Leisure Village (15/00407/RG3). The club sent in the following comments on 2 April to the local planning authority:

Thank you for your invitation dated 13 March 2015 for Scarborough Athletic Football Club (SAFC) to comment on the application to develop a new leisure village on the former Weaponness Coach And Car Park, Ashburn Road, Scarborough, North Yorkshire which will include a 2,000 capacity community football ground.

SAFC fully supports the application.

From the outset we have worked closely with Scarborough Borough Council in its efforts to provide the town with new modern sports facilities. SAFC can see the benefits of a new Community Stadium which will provide excellent facilities to develop football in all its guises for all ages, genders and abilities, and will put the town firmly back on the footballing map.

In particular, we recognise that a Community Stadium in the town will provide us with a platform from which to develop our extensive football activities, a venue for our first team to compete in the national league structure. It will also become a fantastic new home for everyone who simply wants to watch the towns senior football club actually playing at home in Scarborough. Additionally, we are encouraged by the willingness of Scarborough Borough Council to support us in principle in developing the facilities further should we progress up the football pyramid and grow our fan base. 

As we are likely to be a significant user of the facility, SAFC is keenly aware of our responsibilities to the Community. When the Community Stadium is in operation we will work the centre management and our neighbours to allow all to live and work in a mutually acceptable way. On behalf of the supporters, players of all ages, team managers and Board of Directors of Scarborough Athletic Football Club, we welcome this application wholeheartedly and hope that the Scarborough Borough Council Planning Committee will give it their approval unreservedly and with the best interests of sport in the town.

February 2015

An update from Cllr Cockerill, Portfolio Holder for Harbours, Assets, Coast and Flood Protection, as part of the Council meeting on Monday 20th February 2015

Sales of the enabling sites are progressing well. The front of the former McCain Stadium on Seamer Road has already been conditionally sold to Lidl. The remaining sites are either under agreed heads of terms for sale or are in advanced negotiations with heads of terms shortly to be signed, including sales to the new UTC and University of Coventry.

Work on the planning application has progressed well, and a draft planning application is due to be submitted by the end of February.

A pre-planning consultation was held by Wrenbridge and Lidl at the Falsgrave Community Resource Centre on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 February. Over 350 residents attended and provided feedback on the proposals. To date the feedback received has been most positive. The exhibition has now been moved to the Town Hall corridor and is also available online on the Council’s Consultations webpage for residents to continue to view the proposals and submit comments.  

December 2014

On 18 December Scarborough Borough Council announced the sale of part of the McCain Stadium site on Seamer Road to provide the funding for the Leisure Village project.

"Scarborough Borough Council is pleased to confirm that it has agreed the sale of part of the former McCain Stadium land in Scarborough, which is one of the three enabling sites that will provide the necessary funding for the new leisure village.

“The sale therefore represents a major step forward in the progress of the development.

“The approval process included an agreement to give reassurance to Sport England that the council will provide a unilateral undertaking that the sales receipt from the purchaser of the land will go towards the leisure village development with Wrenbridge Land Limited.

“We are currently going through the approval process for Iconic Facilities grant funding of £2.2 million for the development from Sport England.

“Contracts have been exchanged with the purchaser of the land and the sales process is continuing.

“This is an important step for the development and we will be announcing further details in early January.”

November 2014

A major part of the Fans Forum in November 2014 at The Old Vic was an update on the Scarborough Leisure Village. A specially prepared statement from Scarborough Borough Council and Scarborough Athletic FC was read out and discussed by the Ground Committee. The statement is included in full here:

Scarborough Athletic fans will be aware that the overarching principle behind the Scarborough Leisure Village Development is that the Developer will sell the Council’s Enabling Sites, at Filey Road (current Sports Centre), Seamer Road (former McCain Stadium) and residual land at Weaponness (former Park & Ride car park), and the monies generated will be used to fund the costs associated with the design and construction of the Leisure Village with the exception of the swimming pool which will be separately funded directly by SBC.

Parties have now been identified to purchase the Council’s land and work has been ongoing behind the scenes to enter into heads of terms or contracts for sale for the land to be purchased. Purchasers have now begun to carry out their own due diligence surveys on the land as part of a normal sale process. Purchasers are also working on preparing their own planning applications and we hope that the first of these will be submitted before the end of 2014. The design team and contractor have now been engaged to design and build the leisure village and preparation of the planning application for the leisure village is underway.

Meetings have been held with the FA and Scarborough Athletic to review the proposed pitch usage programme and to begin to develop the grant application to the Football Foundation.

We look forward to Scarborough Athletic continuing to work in partnership with the Council, and although the time taken to get to this point has caused some frustration for fans, some of whom who are keen to see progress, it is important to understand that getting the detail of the development right is critical to success.

Following this statement, it was reported that the Ground Committee met with Scarborough Borough Council, the FA and the contractors of the Leisure Village in September. A draft agreement for the Heads of Terms which details the usage of the Leisure Village by Scarborough Athletic continues to evolve; the Ground Committee is in regular contact with Council Officers.