Manchester City is delighted to announce that work is to commence on the ground-breaking City Football Academy. BAM Construction has been selected as the construction partner.
This is a landmark project for the Club. City are to build a state of the art youth development and first team training facility on an 80 acre site adjacent to the Etihad Stadium.
BAM, a leader in sustainable construction and part of Royal BAM Group, will begin work on the plot, which forms part of the Etihad Campus, in the coming weeks and are due to complete the project in time for the 2014/15 Premier League season.
The building of the Academy, which will provide a centre for up to 400 young players as well as housing the first team training base and the Club's operations functions, follows four years of extensive research and planning by City across five continents and more than 30 elite sport development centres.
The City Football Academy will include the following:
A new Academy for up to 400 young players with classrooms for 200
On site accommodation for junior and senior players
16.5 football pitches, 12 of them dedicated to players aged from 8 to 21
A state of the art first team building with changing rooms, gym, refectory and injury and rehab centre
A 7000 capacity stadium for youth matches
Staff offices and a dedicated media centre
A bridge linking the site to the Etihad Stadium and the rest of the Etihad Campus
"Today is an extremely important day for the future of Manchester City Football Club," declared Blues CEO Ferran Soriano
"We are now in a position, after four years of research and planning, to execute that strategy and we are delighted to join with BAM who will play a large part in helping us to do so."
BAM Chief Executive Graham Cash, echoed the words of the Blues boss.
"Our customers value BAM because our people do whatever it takes to deliver our customers' expectations," he said.
"We are delighted to be part of the team that will deliver the City Football Academy and we will work hard to play our part in delivering MCFC's vision of both developing the players of the future and helping to regenerate the community of East Manchester."
And Manchester City Council is delighted with the scheme.
"This project lies at the heart of the ambitions we share with Manchester City Football Club to create a centre of sporting excellence that will be the envy of the world," enthused Sir Richard Leese, leader of Manchester City Council.
"It is as clear a demonstration you can get of the commitment of the club to our city as a whole and local people in East Manchester in particular."
The exciting project has the overwhelming support of the local community, 98% of which - following extensive consultation last year - gave the proposals its wholehearted endorsement.