National Ice Centre
Proposals for the National Ice Centre were unveiled in October 1996, revealing a major landmark building of local, national and international importance, and one that Nottingham sees as its flagship building entering the New Millennium.
In September 1998 Nottingham City Council was awarded £22.5 million by the English Sports Council through the Lottery Sports Fund towards its building of the new £36 million Centre. With the exceptions of the new National Stadium development at Wembley, and the 2002 Commonwealth Games Stadium in Manchester, the Ice Centre project has attracted the largest single Lottery capital grant from Sport England.
These funds enabled Nottingham to press ahead with the development of the twin-rinked complex on the site of Nottingham's existing Ice Stadium and neighbouring land. Work on Phase 1 of the development, building the 7500 seater main arena, began in the Summer of 1998, and was completed in the Spring of 2000. Shortly after the public opening of the main arena, Phase 2 began. This comprised of the demolition of the existing Ice Stadium building, and the completion of the structure to house the second 'community' rink. Phase 2 also included the creation of a 'Public Square' fronting Bellar Gate.
The City Council has invested over £4million into the development of the Centre. A further grant of almost £1 million has come from English Partnerships, the Government's regeneration agency, to help pay for site preparation works prior to construction. The European Union has also awarded £4 million towards the cost of creating the public square in front of the Centre and improving the approaches to the complex.
A charitable trust - whose members include Nottingham's own Olympic ice dance champions Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean - has been established to spearhead the development of the new centre and to serve as a board of directors. The operator of the Centre is Nottingham Ice Centre Ltd, the company which has managed the old Ice Stadium since work on building the new venue began.
National Ice Centre website