O’Brien has secured a new multi-million-pound contract with Aston Villa Football Club to relocate their training ground, which involves enabling works for nine natural pitches and one 3G pitch, in Bodymoor Heath, Tamworth.
The training ground is being relocated due to the new £50 billion HS2 rail link, which will run through their current site and sparked fears for the future of the prized academy.
O’Brien’s Tony Mitchell, Operations Manager, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen by Aston Villa to help relocate their new training facility. The HS2 scheme will have a major impact locally and on the Recon training facility, which will lose a large portion of the current training ground. The project is part of the greater plan to allow the football club to maintain existing facilities and replace those affected by HS2.
“We plan to make this transition as simple as possible for Aston Villa and help to create an outstanding new facility for them that will ensure the future of the training academy is not threatened by HS2.”
As Principal Contractor, O’Brien will provide plateaus and associated works for the construction of the new pitches, which will be provided by other contractors. The works include demolition, the forming of plateaus on site using site won and imported materials, the construction of a new haul road, drainage ditches, land drains, ponds and associated works.
Work has currently started on site and is due for completion in September 2018.
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