Metal firm wins record £500k contract

The new Derby Sports Arena
The new Derby Sports Arena

Brighouse-based metalworking firm Arkoni has won its biggest contract to date with a near half million pound order to supply the new Derby Sports Arena with glazed walling, a staircase and spectator balustrades.

The £27.5 million venue, situated next to Derby County FC’s iPro Stadium, will feature a 250m cycling track, 12 court sports hall, gym and multi-function rooms as well as a cafe. It will also double up as a concert venue with a capacity of 5,000.

Managing Director Mark Prentice said: “Arkoni’s manufacturing expertise could well provide a backdrop for our next Sir Chris Hoy, Victoria Pendleton or Bradley Wiggins in what is only the fifth international standard velodrome in the UK.

“We were asked to design, manufacture and install a two metre high structural glass wall around the cycle track as well as a staircase and balustrades to spectator areas around the arena.”

Work is due to be completed by October.