Four left in semis for new Man City academy

Grant Prior 12 years ago
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Four contractors are fighting-it out to build a new training academy for Manchester City’s youth team.

Construction information specialist Glenigan said Carillion, Bam, Laing O’Rourke and Bowmer & Kirkland are the semi-finalists in the race for the high-profile job.

City chiefs are keen to bring more players through the ranks with the training academy seen as a vital part of the club’s progress following last night’s 1-0 win over Manchester United in a victory which now makes them title favourites.

The academy plans were originally priced at £100m but current estimates are for the contract to be worth around half that.

Plans at the site on land next to the Etihad stadium include:

  • A home for up to 400 young players who will train and study alongside senior players, with a clear development pathway to the first team
  • One half size and 11 full size youth development pitches
  • One half size and 4 full size first team pitches
  • On site sleeping accommodation and classroom facility for 40 young players to allow them to train and study in a safe and secure environment
  • A carefully planned first team building with changing rooms, gym, refectory and injury and rehab centre
  • A 7,000 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

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