Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Blue Sky Thinking: How City 'Town' Will Look ; College and Leisure Centre at Heart of Plan Proposals Go before Council - Then the Public

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Blue Sky Thinking: How City 'Town' Will Look ; College and Leisure Centre at Heart of Plan Proposals Go before Council - Then the Public

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THIS is how Manchester City's Etihad Campus will look under plans to build a host of community facilities on the site.

A sixth-form college, sports science institute and leisure centre all form part of the proposals. They are being built thanks to massive investment by the football club in the area around its stadium.

The facilities for residents will go up alongside a new football academy and training complex for the Blues.

The new images are part of the latest 'masterplan' for the area, which is being redeveloped by Manchester council and regeneration company New East Manchester in partnership with the football club.

Proposals for 'The Beswick Project' include creating a footbridge across Alan Turing Way and pedestrianising part of Grey Mare Lane. The area will ultimately be used by up to 2,500 residents, visitors, footballers and club officials a day.

The new buildings will be created around a tree-lined circle, dubbed 'The Circus', spanning 16 acres across both sides of Alan Turing Way.

To the east, Connell College - a 600-place sixth form for local pupils and academy players - and the Manchester Institute of Sports Science and Sports Medicine will be built on land at the corner of the club's academy site. To the west there will be shops and a leisure centre - including a swimming pool funded by the football club as well as a dance studio, rugby union pitch and community sports space.

Those facilities will be built alongside East Manchester Academy, St Bridgid's RC primary school and Beswick Library. Grey Mare Lane market will be pulled down to make way for the leisure centre and stallholders helped to find pitches elsewhere.

A new House of Sport, containing offices for sports' governing bodies, will be built on the refurbished site of Grey Mare Lane police station.

The developments, together with the football acad-together with the football academy, will bring more than 550 jobs to the area. …

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