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Aberdeen FC training centre contractor appointed

Aberdeen Football Club has appointed Morrison Construction as the principal contractor for the construction of the community sports hub and football training facilities at Kingsford.

The appointment comes on the back of the Club raising around £8.5million for this phase of the project.

Morrison Construction, a leading Scottish contractor with a local base will take control of the site at Kingsford as soon as the earthworks are finished and then project manage the construction of all the various elements through to completion, which is expected to be summer 2019.

This will include the construction of the training pavilion, groundsman’s accommodation, three professional training pitches, two 3G pitches and one grass pitch, the latter being mainly for use by Aberdeen Football Club’s Community Trust.

The additional investments from US investor, Tom Crotty, and AFC board director, Dave Cormack, combined with earlier donations and future pledges have given the Club the green light to press ahead with the appointment of a principal contractor.

Chairman Stewart Milne said:

The fund-raising is a work in progress, but we’ve secured sufficient funds, with more in the pipeline, that give us the confidence to proceed. The board is indebted to Dave and Tom for their on-going, generous support of the project which is imperative to the future success of the Club. Completing the training facilities as soon as possible is vital in order to retain players and management, attract new talent, and develop future talent through the football academy.

I’m thrilled that we’ve got the financial backing of investors who share our ambition and are committed to delivering a first-class facility that will benefit the Club and also the wider region through the community aspects. Using the power of and passion for football through the Trust, we can make a real difference to the health and well-being of our citizens.

Milne also confirmed that the Club is now budgeting for an additional £1million of investment in phase one, bringing the total to around £11.5million. This is to cover additional grass pitches for the community, an upgraded specification for the 3G pitches, which includes irrigation, and a hybrid surface with undersoil heating on one of the professional pitches.