Good progress is being made with the development of the closed loop cycle track and pavilion upgrade. Former pitches are now under transformation with soil layers removed and levelling of ground taking place in order for track construction to begin.
Enabling works to refurbish the interior of the pavilion are underway. Over the coming weeks we will see a third floor and viewing balcony added to the building along with the installation of new windows and a modernised exterior frontage.
Planners at Leeds City Council have given consent to the planned £5m investment that will create significant training facilities for cycling and triathlon in Leeds.
The main contractor appointed to carry out the works, that are due for completion in January 2017, is Geo.Houlton and Sons Ltd.
Dave Padden, Construction Director of Geo.Houlton and Sons Ltd. commented:
“Houlton are very excited to be involved in this project. The scheme is going to offer students first class, state of the art facilities as well as continuing to provide grass roots sports in the wider community.
For us, the fact that Houlton, a long established company with a tradition of providing investment and opportunity for its own staff, has been given this opportunity, to be associated with the University’s investment in its aspiring athletes of the future as well as existing Elite athletes, makes us immensely proud”
Patrick Craig, Assistant Head of Sport at the University of Leeds added:
“We are delighted to be able to add this new cycle track and sports pavilion to our growing portfolio of top class sport facilities. To be able to do this in partnership with world leading sports bodies including British Cycling, British Triathlon, UK Sport and Sport England reinforces our vision of becoming the number one provider of higher education sport and physical activity experience in the UK and demonstrates our desire to support the development of sport on the world stage”