Client: Manchester City Football Club
The Manchester City Football Academy is to create a world-class training complex for both the first team and academy levels. The new development also accommodates a new headquarters and media centre for the club.
The Central Training Facility is made up of 5 buildings with the Elite and Academy buildings being constructed using concrete framed structures. The Laundry building and the Energy Centre are 2-storey high steel frames on pad foundations. The steel frame is stabilised by brace bays in the longitudinal direction and rigid frame action in the transverse. The steel bracing also exists within the plane of the roof structure.
The Covered Pitch is a 20m high steel framed enclosure supported on pad foundations. There is no ground bearing slab and the stability is achieved by steel bracing around the perimeter facade within the roof plane. Around the perimeter of the Central Facility Building, there are extents of Hoarding Wall which are freestanding i.e. where no building exits behind it to support. These are as high as 12m. The free-standing support posts are steel cantilever beams sitting on concrete by a perimeter ground beam.
The roof structure of the covered training facility measures 73.6m x 110m. It is clad externally with a combination of insulated sandwich panels and barrel-shaped polycarbonate translucent panels. The support structure is a series of Toblerone shaped 3-dimensional trusses supported by a column grid at 8.592 m centres located within the external elevation walls. Except for cold-formed purlins, the structural members of the roof are circular tubes.