In developing a true community stadium, the council has purchased the Peterborough United football ground and will be reconstructing the stands, to increase capacity and incorporate a learning and training facility.
The Moy’s End entrance of the stadium will be demolished to make way for a 2,500 capacity all seated stand, with a connected STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) centre, construction of which is expected to start in August 2011 with a 12 to 14 month completion period.
The STEM centre will provide a high standard of modern education and training facilities, including teaching, demonstration and assessment rooms, a retail unit, offices, science laboratories and an IT resource centre. Using these facilities the council hopes to:
- Inspire local students to access locally available education and training and strive for the highest possible levels of attainment
- Improve progression opportunities within the city for young people aged 14-19
- Contribute to addressing the NEETS agenda within the city of Peterborough
- Increase the amount of quality STEM projects available in the area
Following the confirmation of planning consent, the Carbon Challenge site kick started regeneration on the riverside area in March 2011 and will be the UK’s largest zero carbon development with around 295 houses built to the highest code for sustainable homes.
The innovative project moved a step further in October 2010 after a grant of £7.8 million from the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) was secured, which will fund the construction of 120 affordable homes to house 475 people.
The development will be based around the South Bank of the River Nene, built to Level 6 of the Government’s Code for Sustainable Homes and establishing the first stage in the vision to regenerate this area of the city.
Areas such as Hampton, to the south of Peterborough, are also undergoing major development, with a multi million pound investment creating 4,000 homes and 500 more expected each year for the next 10 years.
Queensgate shoppping centre will soon be undergoing an extension to accommodate Primark, which is anticipated to open in 2012. They’re also investing £10m in a four year project to completely refurbish and re-brand all four of its centre car parks.
Peterborough train station is also set to undergo a transformation, after £38.8 million of government funding was secured to create two new platforms, which will take local trains off the Peterborough to London line, helping to reduce delays. Existing platforms are also expected to be extended to allow for longer trains and lifts will be constructed to create easy access to all seven platforms. The scheme has been designed to handle an extra 20% of footfall through the station by 2016.