Bringing passions to life
Bringing passions to life

Bristol City Football Club

Bristol, Somerset

State-of-the-art training grounds


The development represents an important project from Bristol City FC as it brings together the club's academy and senior team on a single site for the first time, as well as being a central hub for the players and coaching staff outside of match days.

The facility includes three full-size pitches, including a floodlit show-pitch capable of hosting the club's under-18 and under-23 matches. There is also a stand, tactical pitch and goalkeeping pitches, medical and rehabilitation facilities, gym, sports science facility and space for physiotherapists and coaches. Away from the pitch there is a kitchen and restaurant area, office space and education and welfare facilities for City's young players.

The development took almost 18 months to build but despite working within coronavirus restrictions, was not subject to any major setbacks or compromise in terms of the vision for the project.

The impressive design and quality finish in the construction further cements Beard's status as a leader in the sport and leisure sector.

Just wanted to say a massive thank you for the last 18 months, it's been a pleasure to work with you all through the different stages. I think its an outstanding finished product that you should be proud of.

Sam Morse, Bristol City Football Club

£12.6 M





Bristol City
Football Club


KKA Architects

Quantity Surveyor


Form of Contract

JCT Design & Build


  • Adapting and working through a global pandemic, which included working within the CLC guidelines and major disruption to labour and material availability
  • Management of logistics. This included the management of deliveries coming into site from a busy A road and also reducing any disruption to our neighbours which included two schools sports grounds and a golf club
  • Beard needed to obtain substantial further value engineering to ensure the overall project came in on a very tight budget. This was over and above the original VE agreed pre-contract


Our health and safety team gave clear guidance on how to adapt on site with continual monitoring of developments throughout to ensure a safe site was established. A full review of materials yet to arrive on site was carried out and where possible UK based companies were used, materials were also bought to site early to ensure there were available when required. Labour was reviewed on a daily basis and the programme was resequenced to help mitigate overall programme delay. 

A traffic management and logistics plan was established at pre-construction and reviewed as the project progressed. To reduce vehicle movements a neutral cut and fill was developed meaning that no spoil left site, this stopped an estimated 3200 vehicle movements.

Value engineering was achieved via regular meetings with the client to explore what options could be acceptable and carried forward, £300k savings were found.