Work has started on a £5m University of Leeds sports project that will enhance facilities for cycling and triathlon in Yorkshire.
The Architects appointed to carry out the development that is due for completion in January 2017, are Leeds and London firm Farrell and Clark LLP.
The project for a 1.6km (1 mile) outdoor cycling circuit and refurbished sports pavilion on the University’s Bodington playing fields in North Leeds will provide a traffic-free environment for cycling.
The 6m-wide, Tarmac-surfaced circuit should be ready early next year for University students, staff and the wider community to use for all levels of cycling including recreation, coaching and competition.
The city’s Olympic competitors, including University of Leeds alumni gold and silver Rio 2016 medal winners Alistair and Jonny Brownlee will have access to the new facilities at Bodington.
The pavilion will create a home for British Triathlon’s world-leading Leeds Triathlon Centre, providing strength and conditioning training, physiotherapy and other support services.
The proposals, which are part of the University’s sports and physical activity strategy, have been drawn up in partnership with British Cycling, British Triathlon, UK Sport and Leeds City Council. Partnership funding from Sport England, British Cycling and UK Sport is contributing £1m to the project, with the remaining funding provided by the University of Leeds.
Charles Johnston, Sport England’s property director, said: “Thanks to this new development, British triathletes will have access to the dedicated world-class training and support facilities they need to be the best.
“This includes the new mile-long off-road cycling circuit, physio room and strengthening and conditioning suite”.
Farrell and Clark were appointed due to their extensive experience of delivering complex projects at many of the Northern Universities.