OakNorth Bank provides £2.7M loan to Scarborough Group International for the development of a new Stadium at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park

  • Founded by the McCabe family in 1980, Scarborough Group International has grown from a UK-based real estate developer and investor into a global organisation with a development pipeline GDV of c.£2.5B;
  • Funded by OakNorth Bank, the new stadium will include covered stand along incorporating commercial space and ancillary facilities.
  • The project is part of the first phase of the regeneration of the Sheffield Olympic Legacy park. Overall, the council has planned regeneration of c.200 acres of the lower Don Valley Industrial Area;
  • The deal follows a £25.4M loan OakNorth Bank completed with the Group in March this year for a major new development at Thorpe Park Leeds;

OakNorth Bank – the UK bank for entrepreneurs, by entrepreneurs – has provided a £2.7M loan to Scarborough Group International (SGI), one of the UK’s most active, privately-owned developers with a GDV of £2.5B, mainly focused within the Northern Powerhouse.

The capital will be used to support the development of a new community stadium at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, in conjunction with Sheffield City Council’s long-term ambition for the area. The Legacy Stadium, which will eventually have capacity for up to 3,900 spectators, will include a three-storey, covered stand alongside 23,000 sq ft of flexible business space and ancillary facilities. When complete it will become a permanent home to Sheffield Eagles Rugby League Football Club.

Driven by strong partnerships between key institutions from the Sheffield City Region, the Park is a major economic development project that will see the regeneration of approximately 200 acres of the Lower Don Valley industrial area. It is strategically situated a short drive away from the M1 motorway and Sheffield city centre. The development focuses on four work streams of Health and Wellbeing, Investment and Regeneration, Research and Innovation, and Education and New Skills. It is central to the wider Sheffield City Region ‘Global Innovation Corridor’, a 20-mile area running from Sheffield city centre to Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

SGI signed a development agreement with Sheffield City Council in December 2020 to deliver a masterplan for approximately 850,000 sq ft of commercial space at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park. In addition to the Community Stadium, which is currently on site and due to complete in February 2022, the developer intends to submit a planning application for the first phase of the scheme, which will feature a circa 40,000 sq ft Enterprise Centre to support fledgling businesses in the health, wellbeing, sport and activity sectors, by the end of the year.

Kevin McCabe, Chairman of SGI, commented: “We’re proud to be contributing to the development of Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park. It is set to be one of the leading modern science parks in the UK, dedicated to organisations in the health, wellbeing, sport and activity sectors. This is the second significant facility we’ve completed with OakNorth Bank in 2021, having received £25.4M earlier this year to develop a major new office complex at Thorpe Park in Leeds. We were once again impressed with the speed and transparency with which the team works, as well as their commercial and entrepreneurial approach. We look forward to further strengthening our relationship with OakNorth Bank, as we continue to complete our Northern Powerhouse projects.”

Greg Manson, Associate Director of Debt Finance at OakNorth Bank, added: “The Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is in a great position to capitalise on the existing sports and health related institutions in the area, whilst also providing state-of-the-art working and social environments to help growing businesses in this field. Given SGI’s vast experience and leading reputation in the real estate industry, we anticipate this development to be another major success for the business. Working closely with Kevin and the wider SGI’s leadership team was a highly enjoyable experience and we look forward to watching the project take shape throughout this year. I have no doubts that this will be the first of many successful projects in the wider regeneration and I congratulate SGI and the local Council on their accomplishments to date.”

Jamie Davidson, Managing Director of Conduit Finance, said: “It’s testament to Scarborough that they were able to attract finance of this nature during the pandemic. Kevin McCabe’s ‘Keep Building’ mantra has served the company well during these unusual times. In OakNorth, we secured a bank that continued to lend and who appreciated the long-term positive impact of this building on both the business and local community. The 200-acre project links closely with Scarborough’s strategic focus on Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG). The project includes over 12 acres of space dedicated to parkland. In addition to the Stadium, there is a further 800,000 sq ft of commercial space to be built which will create GDV of over £267m.” 

Chris Noble MBE, Sheffield Eagles Chairman, commented: “We are delighted to be a major part of the new Legacy Stadium at the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park. A permanent home for the club is something we have long-required and desired and the Legacy Stadium will provide this, with wonderful facilities for our players, staff and spectators. It’s exciting to see the project develop this year and we are extremely excited to begin life at the Stadium next season.”


Notes to editors

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Tom Pavey-Smith, Associate Director – Growth & Communications: tom.pavey-smith@oaknorth.co.uk / press@oaknorth.co.uk / 0791 716 5588

Scarborough Group International (SGI)

Scarborough Group International (SGI) is one of the UK’s largest privately-owned, mixed-use property developers. Over the last six decades, we have grown from a UK based Real Estate developer and investor into a global organisation with an award-winning portfolio of projects.

In the UK alone, we have delivered 6.3m+ sq ft of commercial space and 1,400+ residential units, with a Gross Development Value (GDV) totalling more than £4.5bn and a further £2.5bn in the pipeline.

Back in 2015 we decided to concentrate our primary efforts on supporting the Government’s Northern Powerhouse initiative, with our core developments located across the Big Three cities of Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield.

As a family led business, we put places, people, businesses and relationships first. Our mission is to create inspiring spaces for people to live, work and enjoy. We curate the built environment to support the wellbeing of the occupiers leaving a lasting and positive impact on the communities, stakeholders and environment.


Twitter: @Scargroup

LinkedIn: @scarborough-group-international

Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park

Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is an economic development project on a nationally significant scale. It is the regeneration of approximately 200 acres of the Lower Don Valley industrial area in Sheffield, close to the Meadowhall Shopping Centre and the M1, and a short distance from the City Centre.

The vision for Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is to establish a modern research and business park dedicated to organisations in the health, wellbeing, sport and activity sectors. It sets out to capitalise on the existing sports and health related institutions in the area, providing a focused working and social environment to help growing businesses in this field.

Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is a London 2012 Olympic Legacy for health and wellbeing collaborative research and learning.

The only Olympic Legacy Park outside a host city anywhere in the world, it is a unique place and a unique project delivering a better future for all through transformational health and wellbeing research, innovation and applied technology.

Legacy Park Ltd was set up to deliver Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park. It comprises Sheffield City Council, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield City Trust, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, South Yorkshire & Bassetlaw Integrated Care System and Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Sciences Network.

Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is home to the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EISS), Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC), Oasis Academy Don Valley, UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, National Centre for Sport & Exercise Medicine, Sheffield (NCSEM Sheffield), FlyDSA Arena, 3G pitch, iceSheffield and Don Valley Bowl.

Future developments include a Centre for Child Health Technology (CCHT), Community Stadium, 850,000 sq ft of mixed-use space, Innovation and Enterprise Centre, Active Travel Hubs, Basketball Arena and Hotel.


Twitter: @OLPSheffield

LinkedIn: @sheffield-olympic-legacy-park

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