Lincoln firm completes £6m county sports facility

Lincoln-based architecture, sport and leisure firm LK2 is signing off from its latest county project – a £6 million sports centre and stadium in Stamford.

LK2, the consultancy firm behind the regeneration of the Lincoln Waterside Shopping Centre, completed the project for Stamford AFC and partners New College Stamford and Burghley House Preservation Trust (BHPT).

The stadium is the largest FA single funded project outside of National Centre.

LK2 undertook a detailed study to assess potential grant aid the project could receive, in line with the strategic aims and objectives of the Football Association & Sport England.

The company and partners achieved the maximum grant aid and secured around £3 million of partnership funding towards the delivery of the scheme.

The finished community centre includes badminton courts, sport science facilities, multi-functional teaching rooms, function room, management suits, physic and a fitness suit among other facilities.

Paul Starbuck, director at LK2, said: “Over the course of this project we worked tirelessly to ensure all three partners benefited as much as possible.

“All the organisations involved have received political, cultural and financial benefits – alongside a future-proof business plan we have tailored for them, placing them in a great position moving forward.”

Ian Evley, Stamford Football Development Centre chairman, said: “The facilities have enabled us to improve the quality and frequency of the sessions we put on, and there is the potential for young footballers here to go on and achieve great things.”