Memorandum submitted by Lee Valley Regional
1. The 125 acre Picketts Lock site in the
Lee Valley Regional Park in Enfield was selected as the location
for a new athletics stadium in March 2000. The decision to select
Picketts Lock was made by UK Athletics with backing and support
from DCMS and other key agencies.
2. The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
was delighted for its site to be chosen as the location for a
new national sport facility. The development of the national athletics
stadium at Picketts Lock is consistent with the Park Authority's
Strategic Business Plan (launched at the House of Commons in February
2000). The business plan states clearly that as a regionally funded
body the Park Authority needs to move away from providing what
have become "local" facilities to establishing sport/leisure
facilities of regional standing. As part of its Business Plan
the Park Authority had already committed itself to finding a fresh
development solution to replace the 27 year old Picketts Lock
Leisure Centre, a centre which occupies part of the site that
has come to the end of its life.
3. For the Park Authority the stadium development
is a fitting replacement for what was once a major sport and leisure
facility of regional and national status.
4. The Lee Valley Regional Park Authority
was created under the 1966 Park Act with a remit to regenerate
a 10,000 acre area of the Lee Valley for the purposes of countryside
recreation/conservation and sports and leisure. As a development
agency it is the Authority's role to develop/facilitate the development
of projects throughout the Regional Park working in partnership
with public and private sector partners, planning authorities,
key agencies (British Waterways, Environment Agency, Countryside
Agency, Sport England, English Nature, London Development Agency)
and regional and national government; ALG, GOL, GLA, DETR, DCMS.
Examples of present major development projects in the Park include:
225 Acre Country Park, Youth Hostel, 40 km cycleway, regional
A CHRONOLOGY OF
5. Immediately following the award of the
2005 World Athletics Championships to London (3 April 2000) a
project team was formed comprising Lee Valley Regional Park Authority,
London Borough of Enfield, UK Athletics with Sport England acting
in an advisory capacity. It was agreed by the partners that the
Park Authority should take the lead during the feasibility stage
of the project.
6. May: Commissioning of technical and business
planning feasibility exercise consultants funded by a grant from
the Sport England Lottery Fund and the Lee Valley Regional Park
Range of technical studies carried out and commissioners
put in place.
Development of stadium design brief in accordance
with client requirements (UK Athletics, Park Authority, London
Borough of Enfield)
Planning strategy produced
Provisional cost plan for stadium development
Project programme produced
Commissioning of transport and environmental
Business planning study carried out to assess
the revenue consequences for the legacy stadium post World Championships
to identify income generating opportunities.
8. October: Feasibility exercise completed
and reports sent out to all partners and key agencies. (DCMS,
UK Athletics, UK Sport, Sport England, Park Authority, London
Borough of Enfield, London International Sport, London Marathon
9. November: Application to Sport England
for Lottery grant to fund next stage of project. Award of £1.3
million made by Sports Lottery Panel augmented by £300,000
matched funding from the Park Authority.
10. DecemberApril: Major areas of
work for next stage of project.
Design of stadium
Preparation of planning application
Establishment of project delivery vehicle for
the stadium development
Detailed business planning for the legacy stadium.