Aberdeen Football Club has broken ground on phase one of its ambitious plans for a multimillion pound Community Hub, Professional Training Campus and Youth Development Academy.
The first phase of the £50 million development will include the construction of the training pavilion, groundsman’s accommodation, three professional training pitches, two 3G pitches and two grass pitches, the latter being mainly for use by Aberdeen FC’s Community Trust.
Construction of the new facilities got underway today when AFC manager, Derek McInnes, AFC Community Trust chief executive, Ally Prockter, and Lord Provost, Barney Crockett put the first spades in the ground.
Aberdeen-based McIntosh Plant Hire now has the greenlight to begin the initial earthworks and ground remediation in preparation for the building works, which are due to commence in October 2018.
The community sports hub and football training facilities will be completed in Summer 2019.
AFC Manager Derek McInnes said:
This is a hugely significant milestone for the Club as we embark on building long-awaited, best-in-class training facilities.
Since I took on the role of manager at AFC I have been campaigning for better facilities so there’s a huge sense of relief and excitement today to see work beginning on-site.
Dedicated, purpose-built facilities, adjacent to our new stadium, will be a major boost for the players and the coaching staff. They will help us attract and retain talent as well as providing an excellent base for community engagement and footballing excellence in the north of Scotland that will inspire future generations.
With AFC now the official owner of the 25-hectare site at Kingsford, the club will begin consulting with Westhill and Elrick and Kingswells Community Councils and representatives from local sports groups to discuss the best use of the facilities.
The wider community benefits at the new complex will be delivered by the award-winning Aberdeen FC Community Trust (AFCCT), the club’s official charity partner established in 2014 to provide support and the opportunity to change lives for the better throughout the North-east.
The total value of phase one is around £10 million and the club has promised to appoint local firms wherever possible.
Contracts are due to be agreed in the coming weeks for work packages which include roads and sewers, construction of the pavilion and groundsman’s accommodation, formation of the pitches as well as all electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation work.
Image: Ceremonial sod cutting to mark construction beginning on phase one of Aberdeen Football Clubs ambitious plans for Kingsford. AFC Community Trust chief executive, Ally Prockter, AFC Chairman, Stewart Milne, AFC manager, Derek McInnes(Photo: Ross Johnston/Newsline Media)