The Leicester Community Sports Arena project has entered its second phase with the completion of the site decontamination works, and the start of the arena build phase.
The multi-purpose sports arena, which will be based in Charter Street, is being built by a joint venture of Leicester Riders, Leicester City Council and Leicester College .With remediation being completed, the contractor VHE formally hands over the site this week to B&E Boys who will be responsible for the Arena build.
The Arena will be the new home to the Leicester Riders and Leicester Cobras Wheelchair Basketball Club, but will also be a regional basketball centre of excellence. It will serve as Leicester College’s Sport teaching and learning facility, and as a large multi-use sports venue for the local community.
Leicester College Principal Verity Hancock was in attendance at the ground breaking formal start of the building “We are absolutely delighted that the Arena building phase of the project can now commence and look forward to a successful project. It has taken a large number of very dedicated people working hard to get to this phase, and now we will be able to finally see the building project become a reality, after the years of planning” “I know this will become a great assess to enhance the enrichment experience of our learners at Leicester College, as well as for the Riders, Cobras and the whole of the community”.
Project Director Kevin Routledge said “We have managed to get the most challenging part of the project behind us, and we are all delighted with that. An important part of the city’s industrial legacy has been addressed on this site, and though everything did not go exactly as we had hoped, we look forward to the build phase” We are confident that everyone in the team is motivated to get this building project moving forward rapidly, so that another important asset for the city of Leicester is delivered”.
The Arena is targeted for opening by the end of December 2015.
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Construction work has been completed by family run business B & E Boys which has been trading for over 50 years, from small to large projects, for both public sector and private enterprise. Clients include Local Authorities such as Bury Metro Council, Stockport Council, Rossendale Borough Council, health care for NHS and Private Healthcare providers Ramsay, as well as numerous developments in residential and industrial/ commercial arenas. B and E Boys are CITB and NHCB members. The Company also undertake design and build projects.