Ambitious designs for a £6m indoor skatepark and sporting village in Wirral have been revealed by the Liverpool Echo.
Rampworx has submitted plans to the council for a 5,600 sq m complex on 1.3 hectares of land off Valley Road, Bidston, that would create up to 35 jobs as well as volunteer opportunities.
The charity and social enterprise, which works with young people to provide sporting and learning opportunities, already has a skatepark in Aintree catering for around 1,300 people a week.
Rampworx has been working with Liverpool firm ABW architects on the plans and has now released artist’s impressions of how the state-of-the-art development would look.
As well as the skatepark, it incorporates a climbing wall, workshop and office space, cafe, business start-up units, a music rehearsal room, dance studio and parking.
The complex would also cater for other sports including futsal, gymnastics, roller derby, trampolining and handball.
Work on the Bidston project began in 2007 and the charity has now applied to secure planning approval for the Rampworx Youth Village Wirral development, which will allow the charity to apply for grant funding for the scheme.
Tony Berry, Rampworx development manager, said: “It will be a flagship building for extreme sports, drawing in top-level athletes from all over the world. It’s multi-use and there’s social and educational aspects too. It’s family-based, not just for kids on BMXs and scooters and would be a sporting village for the whole area.
“We’ve had backing from the community, councillors including Bidston Cllr Harry Smith and MPs Frank Field and Angela Eagle. It’s taken six years to get to this point, it’s an excellent idea but that’s all it is at the moment.
“It’s now going to planning and if we get approval we can start looking at applying for funding from the likes of Sport England and the lottery and try to make it a reality.”
Documents lodged with the plans include a feasibility study setting out the need for the facility following a public consultation.
Source: Liverpool Echo