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Second padel tennis complex

Second padel tennis complex
April 17, 2024

BSP is part of a team that has secured planning permission for a second padel tennis complex in Nottinghamshire.

Following on from a scheme at Notts County’s Meadow Lane ground in Nottingham, a second project is to be created at Mansfield Town Football Club.

The £1m development at the One Call Stadium will include four courts, covered by a canopy, and a small clubhouse.

UAE-based World Padel Academy (WPA) will develop and operate the facilities at the League Two club’s ground as part of a £10m investment to promote the game in the UK.

BSP Consulting is the civil and structural engineer on the Mansfield project, which has been designed by CPMG Architects. Grace Machin is the planning consultant.

The company has been involved since the very start of proposals for the scheme in 2022 and has undertaken the flood risk assessment, drainage strategy and the transport statement. In addition, BSP also worked on site development levels and earthworks, and organised the topographical survey and site investigation work.

“Padel tennis is one of the fastest growing sports in the world,” said BSP director Tony Goddard. “The team at BSP is very pleased to be involved in our second padel tennis complex in Nottinghamshire, helping to create new sports and leisure facilities for the county.”

Padel popular

Padel is played in doubles and is often described as a mix of tennis and squash.

James Bowring, chief operations officer at World Padel Academy UK, said: “We were very pleased to receive planning approval, however the planning process has been a real challenge to overcome and there has been a significant amount of resource invested to get to this point.

“This milestone could not have been reached without the support of the project team we’ve assembled. Knowing we’re closer to opening up this amazing sport to more people is incredibly exciting for everyone involved.”

In a statement, Stags owner John Radford said: “I am delighted that we have formed a partnership with World Padel Academy (WPA) who plan to develop and operate padel tennis facilities at the One Call Stadium.

“Padel Tennis will add a wonderful new activity to Mansfield and will be one of the first towns in the region to have purpose built facilities.

“Padel tennis has been a passion of mine for a number of years, and I am so pleased the game has recently been introduced to the UK and is growing at pace.”

Mansfield District Council’s Planning Committee approved the scheme in February.

Read more about the scheme on Mansfield Town’s website here: