Public invited to view world’s first indoor BMX arena proposals - MIDAS

Public invited to view world’s first indoor BMX arena proposals

Following the approval of £8.5 million of funding by Manchester City Council earlier this month, a public consultation event on the plans for the world’s first purpose-built indoor BMX arena in east Manchester will take place on Tuesday 4 August at the Manchester Velodrome at Sportcity from 3pm to 8pm.

Designed by Ellis Williams Architects, the 110, 000 sq foot building will, with the existing Manchester Velodrome form the National Cycling Centre, the home of British cycling. It will include a 2,000 seater capacity BMX arena and offices for the headquarters of the British Cycling Federation.

Eddie Smith, Chief Executive of New East Manchester said: “The event is an opportunity for everyone with an interest in the scheme to learn more. Information about the existing facilities and future plans with artists’ impressions will be on display on the day. There’ll be the chance to find out about the benefits the scheme will bring to the area, ask questions and make comments. We want to hear local residents’ thoughts and opinions on the proposals so we hope as many people as possible can make it to this consultation event next week.”

Councillor Mike Amesbury, Manchester City Council’s Executive Member for Culture and Leisure, said: “Having the national indoor BMX centre at Sportcity will benefit the whole region, including the local community as it will create new job opportunities as well as safeguarding existing jobs. It will also offer a fantastic community facility for young people attracting over 125,000 visits a year stimulating and inspiring local youngsters to lead healthier lifestyles. The site will be the hub for BMX activity and will be supported by the most extensive community cycling programme in the UK with activity led by two full-time GO-Ride coaches, who will encourage both children and young adults to take up a variety of cycling disciplines.”

Subject to all funding and planning approval, work on the £24 million BMX scheme at Sportcity in east Manchester will start on site by January 2010 with completion by March 2011.

The proposals for the National Cycling Centre include new and improved public spaces, including outdoor freestyle cycling areas, together forming one of the UK’s first veloparks. Routes around the site for pedestrians and cyclists will be created including new pathways and a new crossing over the canal enabling better access to public transport, including the new Metrolink tram stop.

Source: New East Manchester

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