Pride Park

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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.

History[edit]

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[edit]

Pride Park Stadium
Derby Arena

Expansion Plan[edit]

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[edit]

External links[edit]

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

Coordinates: 52°54′50.90″N 1°27′30.38″W / 52.9141389°N 1.4584389°W / 52.9141389; -1.4584389