Sportaal, the privatized sports company for the municipality of Enschede, aims to transform Sports Park Diekman into a modern sports campus, which is future proof and takes into account the latest developments in sports and leisure by embracing the themes of training, education and fun.
This 80-acre multifunctional sports park consists of 15 football pitches and is the former location of the Dutch Eredivisie club FC Twente. Since their move to the Grolsch Veste in 1998, the park is used by 8 recreational outdoor sports clubs and the Female and Youth Academy teams of FC Twente. The indoor sports facilities include amongst others a multifunctional sports hall, recreational indoor and outdoor swimming pool, indoor climbing centre, tennis facilities, gym, recreation hall, childcare, several healthcare facilities and a secondary school.
At the start of the project in 2019, most of the facilities were outdated, some pitches were underutilised and the individual facilities and sports clubs had very little interaction with each other.
For the redevelopment of the park, the facilities should focus on bringing together sports and leisure with talent development, in which sports health care and education play an important part. This should result in a modern and sustainable sports campus with a large diversity of recreational sports clubs who are ready for the future.
The Stadium Consultancy has been appointed by Sportaal for preparing:
- Various scenarios for the Concept Masterplan (phase 1)
- Programme of Requirements (phase 1 and 2)
- Technical and financial feasibility study (phase 2)
- Implementation plan (phase 2)
- In 2021, TSC has been appointed as project lead for the implementation of the redevelopment (phase 3)