How will the NSLC affect Energise, Waterworld and Yearsley Pool?

Under these proposals Energise will be operated by GLL and the contract with the Council and York High School will guarantee that customers enjoy at least the same quality of service as at present. Waterworld, Courtney’s and Huntington Stadium were closed at the end of 2014 to allow for demolition and in readiness for the construction of the New Stadium Leisure Complex to start. The cost of running Waterworld and Huntington Stadium was over £400k a year. The Council talked to several leisure operators, as part of the competition that led to these proposals, and they all told us that Waterworld could not be operated affordably without major changes. These changes would be so expensive that replacing Waterworld with brand new facilities makes more financial sense. GLL and the Council will be working together on alternative options for our customers (e.g. for swimming lessons or gym membership) during the closure period. If you have any questions in the meanwhile please email: Yearsley Pool will also be operated by GLL.

What are the ‘community’ aspects of the stadium?

There will be a new Community Hub building containing a new Explore Learning Centre, a Be Independent supported living demonstration centre providing equipment for self assisted living and an NHS training & development centre as part of the non match day use of the hospitality facilities. The new stadium will benefit both Clubs’ Community initiatives by using sport as a medium to improve young people’s literacy, numeracy, motivation, and independence. It will benefit their links to: • schools • provide employment and training for young people • promote closer links with the professional clubs and the community • involve minority and ethnic groups in social and recreational activity • maximize the use of the stadium’s facilities

What impact will the New Stadium Leisure Complex have on employment in the city?

Information on the direct impact the NSLC would have on the city was originally developed for the Community Stadium Business Case dated February 2012. These economic employment projections do not take account of the scheme proposed as of September 2014 which now provides a further new swimming and leisure facility and commercial retail offer for the site, both of which will provide additional full time employment growth. However, updated economic impact assessments will be presented as part of the detailed planning application for the New Stadium Leisure Complex, due for submission by late 2014, and the original assumptions updated and made public at such time.   The following figures show the overall net direct employment effects in respect of the original Community Stadium & Hub proposals. This relates to the number of Full-Time Employment (FTE) positions that will be accommodated on site once the development is fully complete. It indicates that the anticipated net direct employment effect of the community proposals is up to 51 FTE positions. These represent permanent full time positions that will be additional to York.         Community Stadium 19 (Net FTE positions); Five-a-side pitches (2); Be Independent (5); Explore Library (0); Community Hub, reception area / café (5); NHS (0); Adventure / Extreme Play (20); Total (51);

What other facilities will there be on site?

There are proposals for a new 25m 6 lane swimming pool, learner pool and fun pool as well as a new gym, dance studio, sports hall with viewing gallery, extreme play area and 5-a-side pitches.


How much will the new facilities cost?

The costs of the project can be broken down as follows: Community Stadium and Leisure Complex, £30M; NSLC external works and park and ride expansion, £6M; Other site facilities, project costs and contingencies, £8M.

Who will fund the new facilities?

The Overall Project Capital Funding totals £44M. This is made up of the following: Council project capital £14M; S106 funds, £16M; YCFC / FSIF funds, £2M; Commercial development land deal, £12M. (All figures are rounded).


Are the stadium and leisure affected by the Judicial Review?

The design and permission for the stadium and leisure are unaffected by the Judicial review challenge launched by Vue. However, as they are part of the same planning application, work cannot start until the conclusion of this challenge.

How can I get updates on the progress of the project?

You can sign up to the stadium Twitter and Facebook, accounts and receive updates as they are posted; detailing news, events and progress on the stadium design and build. The stadium website will also be updated with all information relevant to the progress of the scheme.

How many jobs will the development create?

The scheme will create around 200 jobs including match and event day staff that will help operate the stadium during large events; this is equivalent to 165 Full-Time Employment jobs (FTE). There will also be additional temporary construction jobs created during the build phase.   During the construction period the development will generate a range of employment opportunities. At the peak of the construction programme, there would be up to 250 people on the site. The construction will also provide eight apprenticeships and six job opportunities for unemployed people.

Has full planning permission been granted?

A detailed planning application was submitted by GLL to the Local Planning Authority on Friday 19th December 2014, following a series of public consultation events. The LPA’s report made a recommendation for approval to the Planning Committee. At the committee meeting on 27th March 2015, the planning application was approved. The decision to grant consent was subject to the Secretary of State’s approval. This normally takes up to four weeks but, in this case, the Secretary of State wrote to the council stating that an extension was required. Since the decision notice was issued, a Judicial Review period that lasts for six weeks has expired and the stadium project can now progress contracts and other commercial matters to be finalised prior to the commencement of construction.

What is a Judicial Review and what is the impact to the project?

Vue Cinemas have launched a challenge to the planning amendment granted in June 2016 by the local planning Authority. This amendment was to slightly increase the size and design of the cinema to 13 screens. The challenge launched is against the process used to determine the amendment, planning permission for a 12 screen cinema is still in place. The outcome of the challenge will be decided in Court by early 2017. The planning consent granted in June 2016 cannot be implemented until the conclusion of this challenge. It is still predicted the stadium and leisure facilities can be completed in 2018.

What is proposed?

A new 8,000 all seat stadium, community hub and new leisure facilities including a 25m 6 lane swimming pool, learner pool and fun pool as well as a new gym, dance studio, competition standard sports hall with viewing gallery, extreme play area and 5-a-side pitches. These will complete the New Stadium Leisure Complex which will form part of the newly created Vangarde Retail Park.

What other facilities are included in the project?

New rugby league training facilities were opened at York St John University’s Haxby Road Sports Village in September 2014. In June 2015, a new regional standard eight lane athletics track was completed at the University of York, replacing Huntington Stadium as the home of City of York Athletic club.

When will the project be completed?

Our timeline indicates that the stadium will be ready to open for the 2018/19 football season. This is subject to any unforeseen delays and the outcome of the Judicial Review process.

Who are GLL?

GLL is a charitable social enterprise and the UK’s largest leisure centre operator, GLL currently operates more than 150 public sport and leisure facilities across England and Wales. Our 20 years of experience, coupled with our status as a ‘not for profit’ organisation, means that we have both the operational skills and community focus to enable us to successfully operate these high quality facilities for the benefit of the entire community. GLL’s focus is to help more people, get more active, more often, and the inclusion of partners such as York’s professional sports clubs. NHS Hospital Trust, Library services, and York St John, allows us to develop world class facilities that will thrive. Not just for sport and activity, but for health and education too. Find more information on GLL and other project partners here.  

Who are Wrenbridge Sport?

Wrenbridge Sport is a privately owned property company that specialises in the development, investment and project management of sport and leisure schemes. We provide a wide range of property and construction solutions and our team is experienced in the funding, co-ordination and management of stadia and sports facilities through enabling development to meet the needs of individual clubs, organisations and local authorities. Our role as part of the GLL led consortium in the York Community Stadium project, is to bring forward the enabling commercial development that will help to fund the new stadium and associated leisure and community facilities. We will also be the project managers for the overall scheme. Find more information on GLL and other project partners here.

Who will be the main contractor?

The principal contractor for the works will be ISG Construction Ltd. Individual works packages such as structural steelwork and groundworks will be carried out by sub-contractors. At present there are 35 individual work packages associated with the project. ISG will oversee and manage the appointment of sub-contractors and will use local firms where possible. For more information on ISG, see our Partners page:

Who will operate the New Stadium Leisure Complex?

Greenwich Leisure Limited will operate the contract for the city's leisure facilities, which includes the New Stadium Leisure Complex. The stadium element of the new complex will be run by York City Football Club, who will work with CGC Events Ltd to provide hospitality.

Why can't we develop Bootham Crescent?

There are a number of reasons why Bootham Crescent is not suitable for development. City of York Council do not own the land and so would have to purchase it first. Bootham Crescent is in the middle of a residential area. There would be strong opposition to a large stadium being built, not just from light and shadow issues to residents but also for traffic and parking, there is no car park at Bootham Crescent and none could be provided. There would be a limit to how high any buildings could be which would reduce the size of the stadium delivered and would hamper the ability to provide the hospitality and revenue facilities inside the stands being provided at the new stadium. The site is too small, there is no room for outdoor facilities such as 3G pitches, the leisure facilities being provided at the new site could not be delivered here and the capacity and facilities in the stadium as noted would be reduced. The clubs would have a smaller stadium with fewer facilities, development in such a small site would be costly. The revenue generators at the new site would effectively be lost. This would lose an important part of the entire project the ability for the clubs to generate income and be sustainable. There is also considerable doubt as to whether any of the S106 money from Vangarde could be used here as this is not the site identified in the enabling development. This would mean finding funding from City of York Council not just to purchase the site but also to finance the entire redevelopment.

Will the Athletics Club be included in the complex?

In June 2015, a new eight lane athletics track was completed at the Heslington West campus of the University of York, including a sand dressed hockey pitch and track and field facilities. Jointly funded by City of York Council and the university, the facility replaced Huntington Stadium as the home of City of York Athletic Club and was awarded a Class A certificate for a regional centre. The track has been open to students and the public from Monday 15 June 2015. The new facilities were officially opened by Dame Kelly Holmes on the 16 April 2016. Anyone interested in joining the club or using the track can contact the club via email at


Are there any plans for more retail units at the site?

The building to the South of the development is planned to provide an exciting range of commercial uses that will add to the attractiveness of this landmark leisure destination. The proposals envisage a number of retail units, along with several restaurants and a new digital cinema.


Are there any restrictions on what Bootham Crescent can be developed into?

No, there are no covenants or restrictions on any future use of the site. However, any changes would be subject to planning approval.

Can the stadium ever be expanded?

Any future expansion of the stadium will be the subject of a new planning application. This process will review the impact of expansion on the surrounding area. The design footprint of the stadium enables expansion to an approximate 10,000 seated capacity, though this would require future investment from a new funding source.

How will the facilities be shared between the football and rugby clubs?

Both clubs will be given equal access to stadium facilities and will be able to play all competitive first team games at the stadium. This access will be controlled by a Match Day and Lease agreement specific to each club which will govern the amount of rent paid, mechanisms for income sharing / generation. There are numerous example of football and rugby clubs sharing facilities, such as Huddersfield, Wigan, Swansea, Doncaster and Hull.

Is this what the new stadium will look like?

The designs produced are still subject to the final design and planning approval. This will involve final input from a range of stakeholders and partners involved in the scheme. These designs reflect the objectives to date and illustrate what is intended to be built. Many of the images used are artist's impressions intended to bring to life what the plans will look like and are not drawn to scale.

What is the capacity of the new stadium?

The stadium’s intended capacity is 8,000, which is well above the average attendances of both York City and the York Knights. The final capacity will be subject to changes in the final design process amd planning approval.

What is the Football Stadia Improvement Fund (FSIF) grant?

The FSIF made a loan to YCFC whcih can be converted into a grant towards the construction of a new stadium. This will be paid to the Council via YCFC when the new stadium is completed.

What will happen to Bootham Crescent?

An option for disposal exists with Persimmon Homes on Bootham Crescent. Once the stadium is vacated the developers have the option to purchase the site.

When will the Stadium open?

Construction is expected to be completed in time for the 2018/19 football season and details regarding the stadiums opening are to be determined. This is subject to any unforeseen delays and the outcome of the Judicial Review process.

Why do we need a new stadium?

The provision of a new Community Stadium for York has been identified as a priority for the City of York Council since 2003 and remains so. Huntington Stadium and Bootham Crescent are not suitable homes for modern-day professional sports. The provision of a new community stadium should allow the opportunity for professional football and rugby league to prosper in the city and provide new and high quality facilities that the whole city can use and enjoy. The football club has stated that if the project is not delivered the club’s future would be under considerable threat.

Why will there be no terrace areas for fans that prefer to stand at a football match? Fans will just stand in the seated areas like at other football grounds.

The Football Foundation has conditioned a grant around an all seated stadium. The Football Foundation is funded directly from the Football Association, the Premier League, the Football League and the Government, and hence follows government policy on all seated stadia.

Will the stadium naming rights be sold?

Yes. This will be an important income stream to support the ongoing operation of the stadium. It is therefore important that the stadium is not given a specific name to maximise commercial opportunity.

Will there be standing or will it be all-seater?

The stadium will be approximately 8,000 capacity, all-seater. A condition of the £2M grant from the Football Stadium Improvement Fund (FSIF) was that the stadium must be all-seat. This is a condition of the FSIF. The funding is essential for the delivery of the Project.


What other methods of accessing the stadium will there be? Public transport? Cycling?

City of York Council, the stadium management and the two clubs will work together to provide a sustainable transport plan, designed to encourage fans to use public transport to travel to games. Regular, bus services will operate from the city centre, and, if there is sufficient demand, additional bus services to other areas of York will be considered. There is an existing cycle link between Monks Cross and the city centre, and additional cycle parking will be provided as part of the development.

Where will visitors to the stadium park?

On matchdays, there will be up to 400 spaces available at the stadium. There are 355 cycle parking spaces within the Monks Cross site. The use of matchday parking provided at the P&R site and adjacent retail park will be restricted. To ensure the smooth operation of the car park on match days a traffic plan is being prepared as part of the planning submission. It will be the responsibility of the Stadium Management Company to ensure effective measures are in place to control access and parking.

Will the park and ride times be extended for evening matches? It currently only runs until circa 8pm on weekdays.

Yes; as part of the new development, a review of the Park & Ride operating times will be completed in association with the Vangarde Shopping Park. The existing hours are regulated by planning condition and we will seek a change to the existing limits. Furthermore, car parking at the Park & Ride will expand from 750 spaces to approximately 820.  
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