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Newcastle Eagles linked to revamp for West End
by Rachel Wearmouth, Evening Chronicle, June 8th 2012


TALKS are under way with high-profile sports clubs as part of moves to bring £30m of regeneration to Newcastle’s West End. Your Homes Newcastle (YHN), which is leading plans for change at Riverside Dene in Elswick, is also known to have private sector backing for a green technology park – which would bring 200 jobs. The Chronicle understands the Newcastle Eagles – the region’s biggest basketball team – could become a partner in the development.

The eco-park and community sports facility look set to become part of a larger development including an enterprise centre, housing and offices in the area. Formerly known as Cruddas Park, work is ongoing to demolish five empty tower blocks – The Beeches, The Poplars, The Willows, King’s Meadows, and Haughton Court. The proposals by YHN and Newcastle City Council could create hundreds of jobs, but YHN is seeking out developers to pump private cash into the scheme.

John Lee, chief executive at Your Homes Newcastle, said: “Discussions are now at an advanced stage with a number of public and private sector partners that share our vision and enthusiasm for Riverside Dene. Plans are for a mixed-use scheme, as this will create new employment opportunities and additional housing."

“Managing a scheme of this size and complexity has to be done in a sensitive way, so we will not be able to confirm what investment has been secured until legal agreements are in place across the partnership, and local residents and Newcastle City Council have had the chance to consider the design and merits of the scheme."


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This sounds like an interesting project.

Fab Flournoy of The Eagles is an inspirational guy so hopefully he will be involved and his example can rub off on the kids in the area.
 

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Cruddas Park vision getting closer to becoming reality
by Rachel Wearmouth, Evening Chronicle, July 20th 2012

HALF A MILLION POUNDS of investment will help bring a 3,000-seat stadium to West Newcastle. The British Basketball Association, via the Newcastle Eagles, has pledged to pump £500,000 of grant money into a project which includes a multi-use sports centre at Riverside Dene in Elswick. A £1.5m bid has also been submitted to the Government’s Regional Growth Fund to bring a green technology park which will create dozens of jobs for the area formerly known as Cruddas Park.

The £30m proposals, being put forward by Newcastle City Council and Your Homes Newcastle, are set to breathe fresh life into the area. Office space and housing are also set to be part of the development which will also include an enterprise centre. Students could also get the chance to train in an automotive centre at the site, likely to be supported by Newcastle College Group.

Redevelopment of the area is already underway to demolish five empty tower blocks – The Beeches, The Poplars, The Willows, King’s Meadows, and Haughton Court, which had been considered an eyesore. Meanwhile, YHN has transformed five of the existing housing blocks into modern and sustainable homes.


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Cruddas Park vision getting closer to becoming reality
by Rachel Wearmouth, Evening Chronicle, July 20th 2012

HALF A MILLION POUNDS of investment will help bring a 3,000-seat stadium to West Newcastle. The British Basketball Association, via the Newcastle Eagles, has pledged to pump £500,000 of grant money into a project which includes a multi-use sports centre at Riverside Dene in Elswick. A £1.5m bid has also been submitted to the Government’s Regional Growth Fund to bring a green technology park which will create dozens of jobs for the area formerly known as Cruddas Park.

The £30m proposals, being put forward by Newcastle City Council and Your Homes Newcastle, are set to breathe fresh life into the area. Office space and housing are also set to be part of the development which will also include an enterprise centre. Students could also get the chance to train in an automotive centre at the site, likely to be supported by Newcastle College Group.

Redevelopment of the area is already underway to demolish five empty tower blocks – The Beeches, The Poplars, The Willows, King’s Meadows, and Haughton Court, which had been considered an eyesore. Meanwhile, YHN has transformed five of the existing housing blocks into modern and sustainable homes.


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Why don't they bid for the Olympic Basketball arena which is set to be dismantled and placed elsewhere in the UK but so far has no takers?
 

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Cruddas Park Basketball

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I was going to post the very same thought!

Shy bairns get nowt!

Why not get this iconic arena up here for our use.

Have we got a picture of it?

Just make sure it is strapped down in a high wind!
 

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We have the best Basketball Team in the country, have had for many years, so it certainly seems appropriate.

The below thread is on the "Sports Field" section, of the main UK Skybar . . .

British Basketball - Discussions about the BBL
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=921026
Yeah, currently they now play at Northumbria University though if they are indeed on planning to relocate (once again) to Cruddas Park then theirs no reason why we can't at least have the Olympic arena even if it is at a reduced capacity. It has already been mostly paid for and if we could get it for free or even on the cheap then great we will then be benefiting from the Olympic games long term.

Our Basketball teams is one of the best and with the right venue in the heart of a community then surely they can grow and attract a new generation of fans and possibly players.
 

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We have the best Basketball Team in the country, have had for many years, so it certainly seems appropriate.

The below thread is on the "Sports Field" section, of the main UK Skybar . . .


British Basketball - Discussions about the BBL
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=921026



The thread starts off slowly, the later posts are better.
Im sure with the close proximaty to Newcastle College they would be happy to offer their support for this..
 

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Reminds me of the fabulous Allianz



However.... this is from the games legacy information:



Note the closing para:

After the Games, two thirds of the materials and elements of the Arena can be reused or recycled potentially allowing other parts of the UK to benefit from London 2012.
I wonder if this might mean that rather a lot of this is off to the smelter....
 

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Reminds me of the fabulous Allianz



However.... this is from the games legacy information:



Note the closing para:



I wonder if this might mean that rather a lot of this is off to the smelter....
Seems strange building a new arena a couple of hundred metres from the Metro Radio arena which is only used a couple of dozen times a year these days. Why did the Eagles vacate the arena and move to Sports City.
 

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Seems strange building a new arena a couple of hundred metres from the Metro Radio arena which is only used a couple of dozen times a year these days. Why did the Eagles vacate the arena and move to Sports City.
I can t see any prospect of that arena moving north..

Here's wikipedia [for all it's faults] steer on the move to Sport Central:

In September 2010, after 14 years at the Arena, the Eagles moved to Northumbria University's newly built Sport Central development featuring a 3,000 capacity arena, located in their campus in the north east part of the city centre. While having the arena's capacity had been part of the reason why the team went from an under-performing side to league champions for which the team were thankful, part of the reason for the move was that due to clashes with Friday night concerts the team would have to play away from home, leading to lost revenue, with the final season seeing the team go on the road for three straight months, while the arena hosted the musical Mamma Mia!. The move also offered improved training arrangements, and enhanced pre-existing links with the university teams.The team had also only been averaging 3,000 crowds in the arena, which could hold 6,500.
It sounds plausible.
 

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Reply from Director of Regeneration re basketball stadium:

"Thanks for the intelligence re Olympic Park. We have worked to a specific timetable, site plan and cost envelope – all of which are very tight, so I wouldn’t want to delay now to assess the London provision (which I suspect will be somewhat bigger than we have in mind for the Community stadium)."
 

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Didn't Newcastle Eagles move to the new Sports Centre at Northumberland Uni not that long ago?
They did.

The area off Scotswood Road has been cleared (just down the road from the Arena where the Eagles were originally) but I always thought the original date of September 2013 opening was a bit ambitious.
Figure of 250,000 visitors a year looks a bit high also?

Here's hoping people don't think it's a bit too far out of town as numbers at Sports Central were increasing.
 

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Elswick residents unhappy with Basketball Arena plan
Evening Chronicle, February 16th 2013


An artist's impression of the new Basketball Arena at Cruddas Park

A BASKETBALL ARENA to hold up to 3,000 fans has been given the go ahead – but residents say they will challenge the build. The arena, at Riverside Dene in Elswick, Newcastle, was granted planning permission by Newcastle City Council and will become the permanent home of the Newcastle Eagles basketball team and provide sports training facilities for the community.

However people living nearby say they will ask the council to rethink their decision, as the council-owned site is protected by a covenant more than 100 years old that stipulates the land should be kept as a park.

There are also fears that the arena is out of keeping with the local area and will not provide jobs for local residents. MP Chi Onwurah, who represents people living in Elswick also objected to the plans on the grounds that it was ‘inappropriate for the area’ and could lead potential parking and congestion problems.


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The proposed Arena is on the brownfield site of the now demolished 'The Willows' just off Scotswood Road so puzzled by 'it's a covenented park' argument?

Have some doubts about the location for this.
Where would people park and would spectators be happy to travel there?
The existing Sports Central at Northumbria University seems a decent home for the Eagles Basketball Team.

This new Arena is supposed to be also a sports training centre but the current NCC proposals are to potentially close the nearby Scotwood Sports Centre and Elswick Pool.:eek:hno:
 
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