VALUE: £4.6 million
Duration: 60 weeks
Barnfield Construction Limited were delighted to be appointed as the main contractor to transform Burnley Football Club’s former training complex at Gawthorpe.
The Barnfield Training Centre development of a 73,000 m2 area and brand new dedicated new training centre, brings first class facilities for the first team, development squad and youth team players under one roof for the first time.
Throughout the development, Barnfield worked closely with Burnley’s 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, which Barnfield delivered ahead of programme.
The build includes an indoor all-weather area with a small spectator gallery, to meet the requirements of the EPPP.
Outside, the development includes 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, a further two three-quarter size pitches have been added.
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’ has been floodlit.
Sean Dyche on Barnfield Construction
"Our journey with Barnfield Construction, throughout the past 18 months, has provided Burnley Football Club with a stunning new facility that we are immensely proud of and one that will enable the Club to continue its future growth and development long into the future. This is the first time that all footballing departments have been accommodated under one roof, allowing our youngest Academy recruits through to our first team players the ability to train and develop in a high quality environment, suitable for modern day professional football. We have been delighted to develop a close working relationship with Barnfield Construction and sincerely thank all the team for their detailed involvement and support during the construction and delivery process and we now look forward to continuing and further enhancing this successful partnership"