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Alliance Leisure Reaches 250th Project Milestone

February saw the public opening of a new build football hub within the grounds of Derby Racecourse, an event that put a new marker in the sand for development partner, Alliance Leisure, as the company’s 250th completed project since its launch 25 years ago.

The new £8.4 million building, designed and developed by Alliance Leisure on behalf of Derby City Council, it includes a reception area, café, three multi-use rooms, a Changing Places toilet and additional washrooms. Outside, extra car parking spaces have been added to support an outdoor play area, outdoor gym, a basketball training court and general landscaping to enhance the overall aesthetics.

Creating a central hub for the dedicated football facility, the building linked to pre-existing changing facilities and will provide much needed community support for the 3 new, outdoor, full sized 3G turf pitches (FTPs), and a refurbished FTP developed through the Football Foundation pitch framework and will enable the hosting of hundreds of matches every weekend.

Procured through the UK Leisure Framework (managed by Denbighshire Leisure), this project was developed in partnership with Bradshaw, Gass and Hope, Universal Civils and Build, and Abacus Project Management. Leisure United will be operating the new facility.

The project was jointly funded by Derby City Council, The Premier League, The FA, and the Government’s Football Foundation, showcasing the value that collaborative working can bring to the community sports infrastructure. An official opening of the football hub is planned later in the year.

This project has been an excellent example of successful partnership working. Alliance Leisure, working through the UK Leisure Framework, has brought expertise to this development at every level and stage of the project to deliver a fantastic facility that integrates superbly with the existing building and the pitch works completed by the Football Foundation. Thanks to everyone’s efforts the community in Derby now has a football facility that will support the activity needs of many generations.

Councillor Hardyal Dhindsa

Cabinet Member for Communities and Streetpride, Derby City Council

This development embodies all that we set out to achieve when we launched Alliance Leisure 25 years ago. It creates a safe, place-based active environment where communities can come together to enjoy all the benefits of being active. In partnership with local authorities across the UK, Alliance has optimised more than £370 million to ensure public sector leisure continues to meet the bespoke needs of the communities it serves.

Sarah Watts

CEO, Alliance Leisure

Having been involved in the delivery of this project from the very start, to now seen it realise its potential & its impact on the community has been a real pleasure. Delivering a build and facility of this quality & size shows the impact the UKLF can have for everyone. To now let the local residents enjoy all the hard work which has been put in by the management & delivery team is testament to the dedication we pride ourselves on in delivery.

Martin Davies

Director, Universal Civils & Build

This scheme is an excellent demonstration of positive collaboration and teamwork. From early inception the Alliance Leisure team and key stakeholders have all come together with the common goal of delivering a hub that will provide excellent facilities and also a community-based destination for local residents and the people of Derby.

Paul Jackson

Director, Abacus

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