Students get inside scoop on £22.5m ski village development

Chris Lewis from Extreme Destinations presents plans for the £22.5m development the Sheffield Ski Village to Landscape Planning students

One of the developers in charge of a £22.5m scheme to revive the abandoned Sheffield ski village has presented the new masterplan for the site to final-year masters students in the Department of Landscape Architecture.

Students on the Urban Landscape Planning module - part of the MA Landscape Architecture - received the presentation from Chris Lewis, to help with their own work developing proposals for a new type of urban park in the wider Parkwood Springs area and the former ski village.

Module lead Professor Eckart Lange said: “Chris’ presentation was a fantastic opportunity for our students to get an insight in how projects of this scale are set up and managed and it led to lively discussions.”

Chris is Property Development Director at Extreme Destinations, a globally operating enterprise that sets up large leisure and recreation facilities. Their proposals will breathe new life into the site which, before it burnt down in 2012, produced a number of the UK’s most successful Winter Olympians.

Extreme’s plans include a new ski slope and lifts as well as a wide range of recreation opportunities, including an indoor skydiving centre, revamped mountain bike trails and E-Gaming Centre.

The Department of Landscape Architecture’s Urban Landscape Planning module gives students experience of landscape planning at different scales and benefits from the valuable input from the Friends of Parkwood Springs group.

Chris will return to the Department at the completion of the module, to view students’ proposals and provide expert feedback. Construction of the new Sheffield Ski Village is scheduled to start in 2019.