BAM to construct Manchester City’s football academy in UK

16 September 2012 (Last Updated September 16th, 2012 18:30)

BAM has been selected by Manchester City Football Club in the UK to construct a £100m football academy on a 80-acre site near the Etihad Stadium.

Manchester City's football academy

BAM has been selected by Manchester City Football Club in the UK to construct a £100m football academy on an 80-acre site near the Etihad Stadium.

Designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects, the new football academy will be part of the Etihad Campus.

The new football academy will provide facilities for up to 400 players with classrooms for 200, on site accommodation and 16.5 football pitches.

The plans also include a 7,000 capacity stadium, a team building with changing rooms, a gym, a refectory and injury and rehab centre, staff offices, and a media centre.

The new academy will be connected to the nearby Etihad Stadium by a bridge and will replace the club’s current Carrington training ground and Platt Lane youth complex.

Of the 80 acres, 5.5 acres will be utilised for a sixth form college and leisure centre, which will be built on a corner of the site.

Manchester City Football Club chief executive Ferran Soriano said, "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."

BAM beat off competition from Carillion, Laing O’Rourke and Bowner & Kirkland to secure the contract.

UK-based Christal Construction Management is serving as the project manager.

Work will begin on-site in the coming weeks and is expected to be complete before the 2014/15 Premier League season.


Image: The new £100m football academy will be built on an 80-acre site near the Etihad Stadium. Photo: Manchester City Football Club.