MOST CONSIDERATE SITE RUNNERS-UP
City Football Academy
Mick Donoghue and Lee Bibby
BAM Construction Ltd - North
Manchester City Football Club
Crossrail C 300/410 Bond Street
This major ongoing project is for the development of a brownfield site to provide a new football academy and training ground
for Manchester City Football Club, opposite their main stadium.
In close partnership with the client, this site has committed itself to providing education and employment opportunities for
the area, with highly impressive results. Of the many visitors to the information centre, over 100 found gainful employment,
with work experience placements also secured. Opportunities have also been extended to homeless people, with jobs
provided to previously unemployed residents. All this was backed up by the numerous apprentices and work experience
placements on site, and the granting of contracts to local companies. Raising awareness of environmental issues included
talks on climate change, with operatives being individually encouraged to commit to aspects of environmental protection.
The structures being created on site are already becoming impressive local landmarks, and the tireless efforts at making a
difference to the area will leave a legacy of exceptional merit.
This ongoing project involves the construction of a Crossrail tunnel between Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road in
The performance of this high-profile site was described in the Scheme Monitor’s report as: “An example of what a
CCS site should be - and more”. The hoardings and approaches to each site area were immaculately maintained with
daily inspections. Details such as topping visible site cabins with planting were part of the professional, but friendly
appearance, and the dust management system employed was internationally recognised for its innovation. With a
commitment to making a positive contribution to the various local communities, engagement was both imaginative and
comprehensive. Involvement ranged from supporting local events in Soho to the provision of safety and careers talks at
schools and colleges.
Despite the complex and potentially disruptive nature of the work and its hugely public presence at the heart of the
capital, the site met the challenges of considerate construction with enthusiasm and commitment. The team achieved a
performance which set new standards within the industry.