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Derby Arena – the first of the UK’s Olympic legacy projects – opens

Derby Arena, the city’s first multi-sport stadium and velodrome, opens today.

The Arena – which will feature in our Q1/Spring ’15 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management – houses the first new-build velodrome constructed in England since the 2012 Olympics, as well as facilities for community sport and fitness activities – including a sports hall the size of twelve badminton courts and a fully-equipped fitness and wellness centre.

Derby Arena will primarily serve as a sporting venue but it will also host cultural events, exhibitions, product launches and conferences. This new flexible, column free space is designed to hold up to 5,000 spectators for both sporting and non-sporting events.

Arup was appointed by Derby City Council to provide civil, structural, mechanical, electrical geotechnical engineering, as well as transportation, acoustics and fire consultancy services on the project.

Arup worked closely with project manager Mace, architects FaulknerBrowns and contractor Bowmer & Kirkland to ensure that this iconic building could be realised on a particularly challenging brownfield site.

The Arena is located next to iPro Stadium (formerly known as Pride Park Stadium), home to Derby County FC, and is located within the area of the remediation scheme designed by Arup in the 1990’s for the whole of Pride Park.

 John Read, Associate Director, Buildings, Arup Midlands Group, said:

Derby Arena has been a great project to work on, with a very collaborative and enthusiastic team from Derby Council, Mace, Faulknerbrowns, Arup, Bowmer & Kirkland and their supply chain.  This has enabled a high quality facility to be delivered on time and budget, which will be a fantastic catalyst for sporting activity in the region.


Please visit the Derby City Council website for more information on Derby Arena and make sure to read the Venue in Focus feature on the project in our Q1/Spring ’15 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management, which will be published end of next week.