Derby Arena, the city??s first multi-sport stadium and velodrome, has opened.
The Arena 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 12 badminton court size sports hall and a gym.
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 and Kirkland to ensure that this iconic building could be realised on a particularly challenging brownfield site.
The Arena is located next to Pride Park Football Stadium, home to Derby County Football Club, 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, commented ?Derby Arena has been a great project to work on, with a very collaborative and enthusiastic team from Derby Council, Mace, Faulknerbrowns, Arup, and Bowmer and 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??.