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Eastlands: An Insight Into The Redevelopment



As Roberto Mancini concentrates on building a winning team, HH Sheikh Mansour has turned his attention to building Eastlands into the focal point of Manchester.

The club has already announced plans to develop the area around Joe Mercer Way and the North Plaza to include 'City Street', a brand new area for food, retail and entertainment.

Crains reported earlier in the month that engineers, Arup and cost-consultants, Turner & Townsend were selected to prepare 17 acres of land around CoMS ahead of major redevelopment plans for East Manchester. So far, only preliminary work has begun on the site, removing underground structures such as old mines, and treating excavated materials.

On top of this, the old Clayton Aniline site housing project appears to have been shelved, with reports that the area will become the home of Manchester City's brand new 50m training complex.

It is thought that Arup may also be involved in the extension of the 47,726-capacity stadium.

This all sounds extremely exciting, but aside from the 'City Street' plans, what exactly is Manchester City planning to do at the other sites in and around Sportcity that would make it the focal point of Manchester?



1. CoMS site

Work has already begun on the CoMS site, which has been earmarked to become one of the countries leading tourist hotspots and the envy of the footballing world.

According to a source close to the club: 'The club's owners want 100,000 (visitors) a week. That's their target.

'It's ambitious, but so are the club's owners. There's a feeling that they are putting the money into it and they have a very clear idea about the returns they would like to see.

'It will have to be something really special or a collection of things that keep people coming into the area. The club's owners want east Manchester to be a global destination.'


It is believed that ADUG are attempting to get the FA Museum moved to Eastlands as part of the development. Other rumoured plans include a 5-star hotel, luxury commercial office space, high-end retail and leisure facilities and a high-technology centre. Designs are yet to be released, but speculation is rife that two major iconic landmarks will be part of the plans to make Eastlands one of the main attractions of not just Manchester, but the world. Plans could be very similar to the Etihad Stadium development in Australia.

The CoMS proposal will incorporate the brand new Metrolink line which is already under construction, and will possibly involve the expansion of the canal.

Earlier plans to include the much anticipated super casino appear to have been scrapped in favour of a more family orientated proposal, although it is thought the casino will be located elsewhere in East Manchester should it be omitted from the CoMS site.


2. Clayton Aniline site

The Clayton Aniline site is thought to be the location of Manchester City's brand new 50m training complex after the original housing project was reportedly shelved.

A club source told the Sunday Mirror of the proposal: 'This will be much more than just a training ground. It will be the club`s headquarters and will be the envy of football.

'It is more proof that the owners are serious about turning City into one of the biggest clubs in the world. It will also help to attract the top players because it will be the best of its kind in terms of training, medical and rehabilitation facilities.'


It is rumoured that the clubs new training ground will include around 20 pitches, a club hotel and house Academy players in on-site apartments.

The Clayton Aniline project is purely speculation at this point in time, as are most of the plans, which are yet to be officially announced.

One thing is for sure though, Manchester City's owners are set to not only put the club on the map, but also make sure that Manchester itself reinforces its status as one of the worlds top cities.

The future is bright, the future is blue.

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Date:Monday March 8 2010

Time: 9:24PM

Your Comments

Sounds great. Im happy our owners are investing and building a bright future for city.
Super City Slicker
Doesnt mean you lot can play decent football - lets see who you have as manager at start of next season :)
niteworlok
Would be nice to get a hotel on the doorstep of the stadium - I'm guessing the next thing also is to purchase the stadium outright from the council
potwash
The stadium cost would be approximately 50m to buy it outright, but there is rumour this could be bargained down significantly lower given that ADUG are investing so heavily in the City.
eighthsin
Sounds great, but why does everything have to be the "envy of football" with you guys?
BigPat
Still no one to talk to at Vital Rag Niteworlok?
Bluedub
"Doesnt mean you lot can play decent football - lets see who you have as manager at start of next season :) niteworlok" Bet you weren't worried about the standard of football when we did the double over Chelski this season, keeping your sorry arses still in with a chance of winning the league. But deep down you know with the facilities in place, and the desire we Blues have, we'll be overtaking you in all key departments, on and off the pitch. Welcome to Manchester tourist.
It's Grim Oop North
What does everyone think about the plans? What would you like to see built at Eastlands?
eighthsin
A hotel would be the icing on the cake - not sure about matchdays though.
Thaibluefan
Surprised there's been no mention of ADUG's plans to buy Old Toilet and turn it into an IKEA superstore. Might even get a few Mancunians visiting the area when that happens.
fifthcolumnblue
Surprised there's been no mention of ADUG's plans to buy Old Toilet and turn it into an IKEA superstore. Might even get a few Mancunians visiting the area when that happens. fifthcolumnblue nah, mate, tesco has 1st refusal on that particular site, as it will be more popular than in it's current guise....and it has no superstore in that area.... lol
cityman51
 

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