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Stoke City announce plans

Stoke City Football Club's plans to construct a new, state of the art training ground were approved last week.

Cost consultants on the project were Arcadis AYH, the London based company is the premier UK construction, property and infrastructure consultant.They are also involved in the 2012 Olympic project as well as Everton's possible move to Kirby.

Stoke City is planning a £5m project that will include two new full-size pitches. Its initial plans were approved by the local Council on 12 May.

The work will be carried out at the club's Michelin training ground and bids have been put in by Cheshire construction firm Pochin's and Bedfordshire-based Kier.

The application for the initial stage of the project includes replacing temporary changing rooms with a state-of-the art building.

Proposals for upgrading pitches and building new pitches are set to follow.

Stoke City FC head of development Richard Smith said: "As far as we are concerned, we have not had the facilities you would expect to see at a club of our size or stature.

"In the longer term we are looking at providing a couple of floodlit pitches at the training ground. We also want to upgrade some of our academy pitches and are looking at moving the indoor pitch down there," he added.

Stoke City employed AFL Architects to design the planned two-storey building. The plans now have to go to the secretary of state for final approval because of the site's location in the green belt.


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