The former National Hockey Stadium in Milton Keynes is being demolished to make room for  Network Rail's new headquarters.

Demolition on the stadium began in December and is expected to be completed at the beginning of February with ground-work for the new Network Rail building starting soon after.

The stadium was built and opened in 1995 and was used by the men's and women's national hockey teams up until 2003 when Milton Keynes Dons bought the lease on the stadium, transforming the synthetic pitch into grass and also increasing the seated capacity to 9,000 from the original 4,000.

Most of the materials that are to be demolished will be recycled and used at other sporting  clubs across the local area. 

John Lewis, the Chief Executive of Milton Keynes Partnership is excited about the new opportunities that the former stadium area will provide for the local community.

Lewis said: “Whilst the Hockey Stadium has been a fantastic facility for Milton Keynes we must now look to the future as Network Rail's planned National Centre will bring many benefits including new jobs and business opportunities.

“As well as giving us a state of the art building that will revitalise an important part of the city.”

Posted on 18/01/2010