DCIM100MEDIAAN eye in the sky is capturing a unique view of the rapid development of the new Middlesbrough Sports Village.

Dramatic aerial shots give a bird’s eye view of the new 400m track and Sports Hub which are the focal points of the £18m complex off Marton Road.

The shots were taken by contractor Willmott Dixon using a remote-controlled portable drone device which flies over the site with an on-board camera.

The pictures are helping to chart the progress of the Sports Village development which will feature an athletics stadium, fitness gym, sports hall, indoor sprint track, full size floodlit synthetic turf pitch and five-aside pitches.

Peter Gleave, Operations Director for Willmott Dixon, said: “We use the drone on many of our projects, we feel it is vital to keep our clients and the local community informed of progress on the site from a different perspective.

Last week the first runners took to the new athletics track at the Sports Village, heralding dawn of a new era for athletics in the town.

The main hub, external areas and car park are due for completion in April, while work on a new 250m outdoor velodrome is also due to start next year.

Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member

for Regeneration, said: The new Sports Village is taking shape at a fantastic rate, and it’s really starting to capture the imagination of the public.

“It’s a truly state-of-the-art centre of excellence, and these aerial pictures really help to show the scale of what is being achieved.

“It is going to be a fantastic facility and it’s great to be able to chart its transformation from building site to a centre of regional and national importance.”

For more information and updates on the Middlesbrough Sports Village track call 01642 246767 or visit www.middlesbroughsportsvillage.co.uk

There are restrictions on the use of drones, they may not be flown higher than 400 feet or further than 500 metres from the operator and they must not go within 50 metres of people, vehicles or buildings. There are also exclusion zones around airports and the approaches to them for drones weighing more than seven kilograms.