Rooted in the community
BAM has made a huge impact on local employment opportunities for young people with the Prince’s Trust Get Into Construction programme and the site’s visitor/employment centre. Over 1362 people received employment advice, support and sign posting through this resource, which delivered over 17,000 training hours.
The project surpassed all of their targets; an average of 62% of the workforce was from the local community, this peaked at 72%, and 93 people who gained employment on site had been previously unemployed. 883 contracts were placed with local companies, and 95 apprentices and trainees worked on site.
I grew up round here and I think it’s going to do so much for people not just inside the club but outside the club, and it’s made the whole environment a better place.” Kean Bryan, Elite Development Squad Player, Manchester City FC and England U19 International
The new City Football Academy is much more than just a new venue for the first team – it’s helped regenerate part of East Manchester, and we’ve built lasting links with the community.” BAM Construction Project Manager Lee Bibby.
From wasteland to green oasis
As one local resident put it, the site “was a wasteland with no opportunities.” The brownfield site posed significant challenges. But with our partners, BAM has constantly been aiming for the gold standard on carbon, waste and water management.
We cleaned and reused all polluted material on site, rather than taken to landfill. And planted more than 6,000 trees as part of the landscaping.
The opening of the new Academy marks the first stage in a broader regeneration of this once grim industrial landscape.