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Council backs Viñoly's Manchester City academy plans

Plans by a team led by Rafael Viñoly for a huge training facility and academy next to Manchester City’s current Eastlands home have been approved

Manchester City Council’s planning commitee gave the go-ahead for the massive project in the east of the city centre just before Christmas.

The so-called Ethiad Campus project, backed by the football club, includes a new academy for up to 400 young players, learning facilities for 200 academy players, accommodation for 40 trainees, changing rooms, 12 youth development pitches, a 7,000 capacity ‘youth’ stadium and a new media centre.

Among the archtiects also working on the development on the 32 ha brownfield site are, Aecom, Aedas, BDP and Planit EDC.

A spokesman for Manchester City FC said: ‘We’re delighted with the announcement and remain committed to support the completion of the process which obviously includes the upcoming review period.’

Previous story (AJ 19.09.2011)

Viñoly-led team reveals Manchester City academy plans

A team led by Rafael Viñoly has submitted plans for a huge training facility and academy next to Manchester City’s current Eastlands home.

The massive project, backed by the football club, includes a new academy for up to 400 young players, learning facilities for 200 academy players, accommodation for 40 trainees, changing rooms, 12 youth development pitches, a 7,000 capacity ‘youth’ stadium and a new media centre.

There are also plans for a new footbridge linking the centre with the existing City of Manchester Stadium as well as a proposed educational facility and a sports institute.

The ‘unique facility’, on the 32ha brownfield site east of the city centre, is being billed as a ‘substantial new component’ of the SportsCity Campus.

Among the archtiects also working on the development are, Aecom, Aedas, BDP and Planit EDC.

The club does not expect a decision on the plans until ‘December 2011 at the earliest’.

 

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