Work is due to start within weeks on Rafael Viñoly’s proposed huge training facility and academy next to Manchester City’s current Eastlands home
The so-called City Football Academy on the 32 hectare brownfield site should complete in time for the 2014/2015 season.
The centre, which will be linked to the main stadium by a bridge, will cater for up to 400 young players, including classrooms for 200, and house the first team training base, as well as the club’s operating functions.
Manchester-based Leach Rhodes Walker is also understood to be working on the project which will include:
- On site accommodation for junior and senior players.
- 16.5 football pitches (15 full-sized and three half-sized).
- A first team building with changing rooms, gym, refectors and injury/rehab centre.
- A 7,000-capacity youth stadium.
- Staff offices and a dedicated media centre.
Man city’s chief executive Ferran Soriano said: “Today is an extremely important day for the future of Manchester City Football Club.
‘The development of young and home-grown players is central to our strategy of creating both a winning team and a sustainable football club - an ambition outlined by Sheikh Mansour at the outset of his ownership in September 2008.
‘We are now in a position, after four years of research and planning, to execute that strategy and we are delighted to join with [contractor] BAM who will play a large part in helping us to do so.’