Clarets training ground redevelopment work gets underway
Nationwide Contractors, Developers and Investors, Barnfield Construction Limited has been appointed as the main contractor for the development of a 73,000 m2 area and building of a dedicated new training centre, to bring first class facilities for the first team, development squad and youth team players under one roof for the first time.
Barnfield will work closely with our pitch contractor, J Mallinson of Ormskirk, in developing additional playing surfaces across the new site.
The club had sought permission to raise the standard of the facility to meet the Elite Player Performance Plan (EPPP) Category 1 and 2 standard of infrastructure.
The build will also include an indoor all-weather area with a small spectator gallery, to meet the requirements of EPPP.
Outside, plans include the development of three full-sized training pitches, each measuring 68m x 105m. For youth team players, in addition to the current match pitch and four mini-pitches, we will add further two three-quarter size pitches.
A new car park built north of the river, accessed via a refurbished bridge over the River Calder, will ease the pressure on the National Trust Car park close to Gawthorpe Hall, especially at peak times.
On the south side of the river, the existing ‘top pitch’ is to be floodlit.
Burnley Football Club had been awaiting full planning consent, dependent upon the discharge of certain conditions.
These have now been adhered to and work will now begin on the new site in the next few weeks.
The club would like to thank the local authority and all statutory bodies in helping the club finalise their plans for the new Gawthorpe training facility.
Burnley FC Stadium and Operations manager, Doug Metcalfe, who is project leading the development, said: “We are delighted we have now managed to get to this stage, where we can see some physical activity on the site.
“We are excited and looking forward to seeing the site develop over the coming weeks and months, cumulating in what we all believe will be a huge part of the strategic development of the club.”
Tim Webber, Chairman and Managing Director of the Barnfield Group, added: “We are absolutely delighted to be delivering the new £4.6 million training facility for Burnley Football Club.
“With our Head Office being based locally to the club we have a large amount of Clarets fans within Barnfield who are looking forward to helping to create what promises to be a first class facility.”