Welcome to the latest edition of Premier Construction magazine.
In this month’s edition, we take a look at a project 125 years in the making and we head to Manchester to take a peek at Man City’s new Training Academy.
A project to create a landmark tower at Brighton College has reached completion after being delayed for 125 years.
The tower – which has been named Cairns Tower after the school’s headmaster – was initially designed as the crowning glory of architect Sir Thomas Graham Jackson’s late 19th Century additions to Brighton College. However, a shortage of funds meant that this splendid creation was never completed at the time and was instead left incomplete as a rather squat, two-storey structure.
Head Master Richard Cairns, said:
“I believe Sir Thomas would feel proud to see how Brighton College has progressed into the 21st Century. In the last few years, the school has achieved tremendous academic success and the campus is being transformed so that we can give our girls and boys first-class facilities in which to learn and play. There really couldn’t be a better time to complete Jackson’s plans and create the tower he had always envisaged for the school. This tower pays tribute to one of the greatest architects of the Victorian era and marks the College’s position as one of England’s leading schools.”
Hailed as the best of its kind in the world, Manchester City’s new £200 million training complex, the City Football Academy (CFA), opened recently, following what has been a landmark construction project for the club. The state-of-the-art youth development and first team training facility is located on an 80 acre site adjacent to the Etihad Stadium.
Main Contractors were BAM Construction; project architects were Rafael Vinoly Architects; quantity surveyors were Turner & Townsend; project managers were Christal Management; structural engineers were Arup and M&E consultants were Wallace Whittle.
The building, which provides a centre for up to 400 young players as well as housing the first team training base and the club’s operations functions, followed four years of extensive research and planning by City.
With all this and more, join us as we explore the impressive construction projects that continue to shape our landscape.