'World-class' sports complex to be built in village by 2020
PUBLISHED: 16:00 25 August 2019 | UPDATED: 10:32 28 August 2019
Work is progressing to build a 'world-class training facility' between two villages.
Professional rugby union club Bristol Bears is constructing a two-storey training barn containing a gym, changing rooms, a floodlit all-weather 4G pitch, three grass pitches and offices for staff on land at Kingcott Farm, between Failand and Abbots Leigh.
Specialist sports contractor, Collinson Construction, has been awarded a £1.7million contract to help build the Bears' training complex.
The firm signed a deal on August 16 to work on the project, which will see a 44,000sq.ft training barn built on the 23-acre site.
The complex is expected to be completed in the spring.
The club's chief operating officer, Mark Tainton, said: "We are hoping to get it done by April 2020 and want to be moving in and getting ready for pre-season for the following season.
"It's absolutely massive for us to have a world-class training facility, we're trying to be one of the best teams in England and in Europe."
The training base is one of a number of sporting facilities in the two villages.
Bristol City Football Club had plans to build a state-of-the-art training facility, which included a 500-seat stadium in Clevedon Road, approved by North Somerset Council in September.
One month later, Queen Elizabeth Hospital School, which shared facilities with the football club, successfully applied to replace its grass sports pitches with artificial surfaces, including an all-weather hockey pitch and four tennis courts with floodlighting and storage areas.
The Times reported last week England's rugby union World Cup squad trained nearby at Clifton College's sport grounds.
The indoor training barn will be used by junior age groups through to the first XV to focus on developing their skills without being affected by bad weather.
Sam Collinson, managing director for Collinson Construction, added: "We're immensely proud to be working on this project.
"Bristol Bears have come a long way and creating their own training ground is the next logical step in the club's journey.
"We are regularly involved in projects that support the development of talent in people of all ages and we're confident the training barn will deliver in this respect."