Final whistle blows for AV Group’s time at the new City Football Academy

Manchester City Football Academy

Saying goodbye to Manchester City

Despite the onset of high winds and wintery weather we were determined to complete the removal of our units from the new the City Football Academy (CFA) last week. The adverse weather conditions meant we had to delay removal for a day or so owing to health and safety considerations.

As soon as we were happy that the blustery conditions had settled we brought in the removal team and, working with our crane contractors Sutton Crane Hire, we took all 57 units and a staircase off site in just three days.

At the height of the construction phase we had 64 units on site but have been removing those as the build neared completion. We spent several days prepping all of the units to remove jointing strips, flooring, columns, ceiling and facias so the units could easily be lifted onto the lorries.

Owing to BAM Construction’s arrangement with the Academy we could only have one of our five lorries on site at any one time so the fleet remained parked over at the Etihad Stadium as we lifted one unit at a time off the block and onto the vehicles for transportation.

All of the units are now back at our Denton site bolstering our 4000 strong hire fleet once more.

AV Group was contracted by BAM Construction Ltd back in 2012 to provide all of the site accommodation for contractors and subcontractors during the build phase, including the provision of a Visitor Centre and viewing facility. To read more about that click here

To read more about the City Football Academy and to see some amazing photographs of the facility click here.

There is also a great flythrough video available to watch here


December 15th, 2014|

Manchester City Football Academy Launches To International Acclaim

We are over the blue moon to have been involved with the development of Manchester City’s amazing new youth development and first team training centre – the City Football Academy (CFA) – which was opened this week by former manager and captain, Tony Book.

AV Group was contracted by BAM Construction Ltd back in 2012 to provide top-of-the-range site accommodation for contractors and subcontractors during the build phase, including the provision of a Visitor Centre and viewing facility. Visitors from schools, local residents and colleges were able to see for themselves, throughout the build phase, how work was progressing on this world-class sports facility. To read more about that click here

We provided 64 units which formed the welfare centre for BAM’s team. Later this week we will be removing the units but work has been delayed until the high winds die down due to the enforcement of our strict health and safety guidelines. We will report further next week on how we undertook the task safely given the challenging conditions.

The creation of City Football Academy has transformed an 80–acre brownfield site, adjacent to the Etihad Stadium. The launch was overseen by the Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, who said: “I am a strong believer in improving sporting facilities for young people, which is why I am delighted to oversee the opening of the City Football Academy. The partnership between Abu Dhabi United Group and Manchester City Council is a benchmark for public private partnership, driving investment into the North of England and developing projects where business and the community benefit.”

Our Visitor Centre, and contractors accommodation can be seen in the photo above – the red tinted area on the left!

To read more about the City Football Academy and to see some amazing photographs of the facility click here

December 10th, 2014|