The first dedicated football training academy has just been completed by Mowlem Construction at Knowsley in Liverpool. It will undoubtedly set the standard for other such training facilities in the future. Knowsley Design Consultancy designed the building with a brief for a functional yet striking landmark in keeping with the traditions of Liverpool fc. The ground floor has been constructed using Lignacite's Apollo Inca Polished Range to give a solid, clean appearance to the base of the building and also reflect the functional nature of the changing rooms. Radial blocks and stack-bonded half blocks create the curved ends of the building.