The UK Environment Agency has cleared Derby City Council’s plans to construct a £28m velodrome and sports centre on a former landfill site in Derby, England.
The 5,000-seat facility will be constructed adjacent to Derby County FC’s Pride Park stadium.
Upon completion, the new arena will feature badminton and basketball courts, dance studios, a gym, function rooms and a cafe.
The centre will also feature a 14,500m² arena, 250m indoor cycling track and a 1.5km outdoor closed cycle circuit.
Around 600 new parking spaces will be created between the arena and football stadium.
The sports centre has also been designed to double up as a concert arena.
In July 2012, construction firm Bowmer & Kirkland was selected as the main contractor for the development, while Mace will serve as project manager.
Construction is scheduled to take between 18 and 24 months with the facility opening early in 2014.
The velodrome development is one half of the council’s £50m plans to improve leisure centres in the city.
The other part will include the creation of a new Olympic-sized swimming pool in the city centre.
Prior to this development, Mace worked on the refurbishment of Derby’s Council House and the velodrome for the London 2012 Olympics.