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New Manchester City training complex set to hand local economy £300million boost

By Mancunian Matters staff

Manchester City’s new state-of-the-art training complex is expected to inject almost £300 million into the local economy, according to construction giants BAM.

Large-scale employment is expected to be generated in the local area both during construction and by the complex itself once it is operational.

The 80-acre site will comprise of 16 football pitches, including a 7,000 capacity stadium for youth fixtures.  Two thousand trees will be planted in the area as part of the project.

The club have also donated 5.5-acres of land on the site for community use. They are supporting the creation of education and leisure facilities for local residents and have pledged £3 million to support this.

Construction firm BAM were awarded the lucrative project on Friday and are due to begin work in the coming weeks.   It is expected to be completed by the summer of 2014 and in use for the start of the following season.

As we reported last week, the club has set a minimum requirement of 70 per cent local labour and materials to be used in the construction of the complex. The remediation of the site has already created 49 jobs within the local community.

“A project of this lifespan will generate jobs for thousands of people,” a spokesman for BAM told Mancunian Matters, and added that construction is a “good kick-starter for other things.”

“For every £1 invested in a large construction project, £2.84 is generated in other activity for the local economy,” he said.

Given the reported £100 million cost of the venture, a financial boost of somewhere near £300 million is expected.

The spokesman also told us that the project is expected to create “between 2,000 and 4,000 jobs over its lifespan,” with varying contract lengths.

Sir Richard Lease, leader of Manchester City Council is delighted with the project.

He said, “It drives forward the regeneration of the area, building on the legacy of the Commonwealth Games a decade ago. It is as clear a demonstration as you can get of the commitment of the club to our city as a whole and local people in East Manchester in particular.”

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