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#5daysofmortar and the Olympic Legacy Park Sheffield

May 16, 2017
By Richard Caborn, project lead for the Olympic Legacy Park Sheffield
#5daysofmortar and the Olympic Legacy Park Sheffield
#5daysofmortar is a campaign being run by PwC Yorkshire and the North East to shine a light on construction and real estate in the region, and how these sectors contribute to the economy. The team and I are thrilled that the Olympic Legacy Park (OLP) has been selected as a showcase example of excellence for this campaign.

A lot has happened since I presented the vision in 2013 for the regeneration of the Don Valley Stadium site – the project is now in full swing and the site will re-open to the public this summer offering a hub of green spaces, walkways, and cycle paths.

The OLP is now home to both the Oasis Academy Don Valley and the UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park Campus, providing world class facilities to current and future students. The 3G pitch has also recently been completed, adding another state-of-the-art sports facility to those already provided by the English Institute of Sport and IceSheffield.

Symbolically, the OLP is a celebration of our city’s ongoing sporting success. However, it also represents much more. This significant investment into the future of Sheffield offers a multi-million-pound site for people to learn, work and improve their fitness, and will create the next generation of technology and innovations in the health and wellbeing sectors.

The Park brings together key partners from the public and private sectors to create a ‘living laboratory’ where researchers will design products and technologies to help the public to become more physically active and lead healthier lives.

At the heart of the OLP will be the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, which, in working with the National Centre for Sports Exercise and Medicine, is already attracting major interest from the private sector.

As the first 26 acres of the OLP begin serving the city of Sheffield, we will start working on the development of the wider area – creating a masterplan for further Research and Innovation Centres of Excellence, and additional regeneration and investment opportunities.  

It has been great to see the amount of support and enthusiasm everyone has shown for this project since it began. With our combined efforts, we are able to deliver the Olympic Legacy Park in its full capacity and continue to put the Sheffield City Region on the map – not only as we have done in the past with our sporting heritage, but also with our impact on the health and wellbeing of future generations.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the #5daysofmortar campaign has in store for the rest of the week. There will be a host a blogs and videos so be sure to follow @OLPSheffield and @PwC_Yorks_NE for updates.