Manchester City Football Academy ETIHAD viewing platform

Over 500 visitors have seen at first hand the on-going development work at the new City Football Academy which is due to open in time for the 2014/2015 Premier League season, thanks to a Visitor Centre which has been installed by AV Group at the Etihad Stadium.

Visitors from schools, local residents and colleges have been welcomed to the Centre and shown the views over the development site, to see for themselves how the new Football Academy is taking shape.

Denton-based AV Group is providing all of the temporary site accommodation during the build phase, fulfilling BAM Construction Ltd’s brief to provide a Visitor Centre and viewing facility alongside top-of-the-range accommodation for contractors and subcontractors. The Centre shows plans of the finished Academy and allows visitors view the construction site to see how the finished facility will eventually look.

Commenting on the progress so far Mike Burchall of AV Group said: “There has been significant public interest in the work taking place, people seem really keen to see how the Academy is developing.”

AV Group provides modular site accommodation for construction projects and this installation includes an open plan meeting room, catering facilities, toilets, washrooms and office space. The site accommodation creates 15,800 ft2 (1,468m2) of space over 3 floors and includes a lift to the viewing gallery to ensure access for all.

Mike Burchall continues: “The standard of temporary accommodation required on major construction sites like this now is extremely high. Clients want to provide the highest standard of facilities for their people and that includes great showers, fitted kitchens, Sky TV in the canteen, open plan meeting rooms with no posts in the middle as well as eco-friendly details such as passive Infra-red lighting, rainwater harvesting and the best possible levels of insulation.

“Keeping uniformity on site is really important and we have extended our contract this week with BAM Construction Ltd to also provide additional units for sub-contractors FK Construction. Providing a Visitor Centre too was an important part of the brief to ensure open access to the public and we are delighted to be providing world-class facilities for a world-class team.”

AV Group specialises in providing modular and site accommodation for construction firms, hospitals, sports clubs and schools. It manufactures all of its stock in the UK at its sister company Danzer Ltd in Nottingham and invests up to £1m each year in replenishing its 4,000 unit hire fleet.