The plans also include a new ice rink at Home Park, near the new Life Centre. The council's cabinet will be asked to approve Akkeron as the preferred bidder to remodel the Pavilions arena through its subsidiary, Five Directions Limited (FDL). If approved, the concert arena at the Pavilions would be upgraded and its capacity increased the exterior of the building reclad and a new entrance foyer created. Shops and residential housing would also form part of the site. “ This project is just what the city of Plymouth needs right now, as it creates jobs a plenty, not only will this project provide jobs but also some much needed residential housing , both of which are crucial in the United Kingdom right now.” said our source at Cascade.
Mr Brent said his plans should create about 800 construction jobs, with a further 550 jobs when the facilities have been completed." The vision is really to see Plymouth as the sporting and leisure centre of excellence in the South West and providing facilities which compete on the national stage," he told BBC News. Mr Brent said the new ice facility at Home Park would be of international size and "very different" to the "kidney-shaped"
Mr Brent said it would be "very sensible" to create a sporting hub for the South West, with the football stadium, ice arena and life centre. The council has been looking for a private sector partner to take over the Pavilions site for more than a year. It said the site's £1.5m operational costs "cannot be sustained in the current financial climate". The council will discuss James Brent’s proposal next week.