26 October 2011
A team of WYG specialists of varying disciplines have helped secure planning consent for the Copeland Community Stadium in Whitehaven, Cumbria.
The £5.5m stadium is the first phase of the Pow Beck Valley masterplan, a project which aims to deliver the sustainable redevelopment and regeneration of the Pow Beck Valley area through a mix of sports, leisure, employment and residential uses.
Appointed by Copeland Borough Council, WYG, the global multi-disciplinary consultancy, has provided a varied offering of disciplines to the project including engineering, environmental, planning and transportation.
John Kipling, Regional Director Buildings & Infrastructure, WYG said: “It is great to see fundamental elements of the Pow Beck Valley masterplan starting to become a reality and the positivity this will deliver to the area in this difficult climate. Our planning experts in Cumbria have been a part of the regeneration project since 2009 when they prepared the planning documentation for the masterplan and subsequently for the stadium.
“Thanks to the wide range of expertise WYG offer, we were able to provide all services in the planning and design process from town planning and transport to ecology, and flood risk and drainage, as well as overall project management. This in-house multi-discipline approach has resulted in highly successful delivery of this project.”
WYG has now been appointed by the Council to further develop the detailed design to enable the appointment of a design and build contractor for the project.
Bob Collins, on behalf of Copeland Borough Council said: “WYG and their partners have provided an excellent service in delivering the stadium project. They have worked closely with the client group and have been very responsive and flexible to our changing needs throughout the commission to ensure delivery of the best possible scheme within the budgetary constraints.
“The new stadium will provide a shared home for Whitehaven Rugby League Football Club and Whitehaven Amateur Football Club, as well as providing a facility for use by the wider community.”
Construction is scheduled to start on the site in spring 2012 and it is anticipated that the Stadium will be complete in late 2012, in time for the Rugby League World Cup.
Image caption: CGI of Copeland Community Stadium. Copyright Hurd Rolland Partnership.