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Mountain biker at Parkwood Springs. Photo by Duncan Philpott.
Mountain biker at Parkwood Springs. Photo by Duncan Philpott.

Parkwood: Deadline extended after strong interest in former Ski Village site

A very strong demand in investors expressing an interest to develop Parkwood, incorporating the former Ski Village site, has led to Sheffield City Council agreeing to a short extension for potential investors to finalise their proposals.

The Council is hoping to receive a number of initial bids which will be evaluated as part of Sheffield’s Outdoor City and wider regeneration ambitions.

And to make sure there is the strongest applications possible, the Council has agreed to requests to extend the initial deadline by two weeks, to Friday 21 April.

It will then carry out more in-depth work with the shortlisted parties. The Council will ask that all groups work with the Friends of Parkwood Springs and other local groups to develop proposals that are of benefit to the surrounding area.

Councillor Julie Dore, leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “We have been very pleased with the level of interest and discussion that has been generated for the former Ski Village site.

“There is no mistaking the importance this site holds for generations of athletes who learnt to ski and snowboard on its slopes, with many going on to achieve Winter Olympic success.

“In order to continue that proud history, and because we are encouraged by the expressions of interest we have received, we have agreed to requests to extend the deadline for a short period so that we can ensure the strongest proposals moving forward.”

Plans to create an outdoor adventure experience that will be the ‘jewel in the crown’ of The Outdoor City were first announced by Sheffield City Council in December.

New brochure released by Sheffield City Council

New brochure released by Sheffield City Council

Sheffield City Council wants to attract a developer to transform a site at Parkwood Springs into a nationally-significant attraction which will cement Sheffield’s reputation as The Outdoor City – the UK’s leading destination for people seeking outdoor adventure, city culture and rural escapes.

An initial study indicates this is a viable commercial opportunity, and the Council invited developers to put forward ideas for the wider Parkwood Springs area that will transform it into an urban country park of regional and national importance.

A mountain biking trail centre, urban bike park or national snow sports centre could be on the cards, or a combination of different adventure activities, depending on market interest.

The former ski village site sits within the wider open space of Parkwood Springs, which has seen major improvements over recent years, thanks to work between the Council, the Friends of Parkwood Springs group and other partners.

New mountain bike trails and a dual slalom now attract around 10,000 visits a year – but there is potential for much more.

For more information, go to http://www.sheffield.gov.uk/home/business/parkwood-springs