April 26, 2012
-- Ambitious plans to build a new ice rink and expand a concert venue could create more than 1,000 jobs in Plymouth. Plymouth Argyle Football Club owner James Brent is behind the £83m scheme, which he said aims to provide the city with facilities which "compete on the national stage". Our source at Sales and Marketing Company, Cascade explains why they are supporting this “To undertake a project at this magnitude requires a lot of attention because they are working with a lot of money, fortunately from what we have heard we can assure this project is solid” Brent’s company, Akkeron Leisure Limited, is Plymouth City Council's preferred bidder to revamp the Pavilions.
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"
rink at the Pavilions. Managing Director of Cascade has said “James has definitely shown that his intentions are in the right place. Providing housing and jobs in the system is always a positive but also a new rink boosts the cities morality and provides the locals with a fabulous rink they can be proud off.”
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.