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Pride Park

For the stadium, see Pride Park Stadium.
Office building on Pride Park, with Pride Park Stadium in the background
Pride Park

is a business park on the outskirts of the city centre of Derby, England. Developed in the 1990s, It covers 80 hectares of former industrial land between the River Derwent and railway lines. Pride Park Stadium and Derby Arena are both located in Pride Park.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Occupants 2
  • Expansion Plan 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

History

The site was formerly part of the railway yards, and was derelict for many years. It was the original site of Derby's railway manufacturing industry, but land here had also been used for gas and coke works, gravel abstraction and landfill. These uses left behind a cocktail of contaminants, including tars, phenols, heavy metals, ammonia and boron. Extensive redevelopment took place over 10 years to reclaim the site, including the building of a new access road to open the area up. Part of the site has been transformed into a nature reserve called The Sanctuary, in conjunction with Derby City Council.[1]

Occupants

  • It has been home of Derby County F.C.'s Pride Park Stadium since 1997 when they relocated from the Baseball Ground in the Normanton district.
  • A Park & Ride car park for access to Derby city centre is located next to the stadium.
  • Internet bank Egg plc had its headquarters and call centre in the business park until 2011 when it was taken over by Barclaycard, and closed. The building was subsequently occupied by HEROtsc, retaining its function as a call centre.[2]
  • The business park also houses a Holiday Inn Express hotel and several car dealerships.
  • The sports goods retailer JJB Sports has offices on the Park.
  • Pride Park Velodrome is currently under construction adjacent to Pride Park Stadium and is scheduled for completion in 2014.

Expansion Plan

Derby County Football Club are proposing to expand facilities on offer around the football stadium with a £20 million development plan.[3] This is despite the club being unsuccessful in their bid to include the stadium as a venue in England's bid to host the 2018 FIFA World Cup.[4]

On 3 October 2011, Derby County Football Club announced that they had submitted plans to Derby City Council for a £7 million development of land outside Pride Park Stadium, which the club named "The Plaza @ Pride Park".[5]

These plans include five cafes/restaurants, two convenience stores and 2,000 square metres of office space. These plans have been scaled down from the planned £20 million pound development proposed in 2007.[6] Derby County CEO Tom Glick, said that these plans would help the club deal with the new Financial Fair Play regulations which will be introduced in the Football League from 2012, as revenue from the Plaza will be reinvested back into the club.[5]

This planned development also coincides with a plan from the City Council to build a multi-use sports arena on the same site as the proposed Plaza.[6]

References

  1. ^ http://www.prideparksanctuary.com/background.html
  2. ^ http://www.thisisderbyshire.co.uk/Derby-held-HERO-ve-end-line-year/story-18099872-detail/story.html retrieved 6/8/2013
  3. ^ http://www.derbycounty-mad.co.uk/news/loadnews.asp?cid=TMNW&id=336236
  4. ^ "Milton Keynes picked for 2018 bid". BBC News. 16 December 2009. 
  5. ^ a b "Press Release: The Plaza @ Pride Park". dcfc.co,uk. 3 October 2011. 
  6. ^ a b "Derby County submits plans for new Pride Park plaza". BBC News. 3 October 2011. 

External links

  • PridePark.Net Directory of businesses and services based on Pride Park

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