The owners of Manchester City football club have appointed Rafael Viñoly to design a £1 billion sports and leisure complex at the team’s stadium
The 200-acre site at Eastlands, which was previously ear-marked by Gordon Brown for a super casino, is expected to include a £5 million training complex, as well as leisure centres, restaurants and a hotel.
In March Sheikh Mansour, owner of Manchester City, reached a deal with the city council and regeneration body New East Manchester to collaborate on the development (AJ 15.03.10).
So far plans for the area have been kept tightly under wraps and it is believed BDP is also working on the project. It is understood the club intends to expand the stadium itself as part of the proposals.
According to the Mirror, American-based architect Viñoly has previously worked with the chairman of Manchester City on the Mina Zayed waterfront project in Abu Dhabi.