Public consultation starts for Sportcity BMX arena

Michael Hunt

A public consultation has got underway on the plans for the £24m indoor BMX arena at Sportcity in east Manchester today.

A full planning application has been submitted for the 110, 000 sq ft building following some slight changes to the original plans.

The size of the building has been reduced in the latest plans from 150,000 sq ft and seating capacity from 4,500 to 2,000. Sports courts originally planned to go in the middle of the 70x100m track have been removed.

The public consultation also follows the approval of £8.5m of funding by Manchester City Council last month.

Designed by Ellis Williams Architects, the building will, with the existing Manchester Velodrome form the National Cycling Centre, the new home to the triumphant Olympic Team GB cyclists. It will also include offices for the headquarters of the British Cycling Federation.

Construction work is due to begin in January 2010 on a 15-month build.

The public consultation is being held at the Manchester Velodrome at Sportcity until 8pm tonight.

For further details on today's consultation visit the Place North West Event Listings

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