This multi-million-pound training facility at CPFC’s new-look academy includes a full-size indoor 3G training pitch.
This project saw Collinson use its tensile expertise to create a new all-weather training facility for Crystal Palace’s academy complex in Beckenham, following its elevation to Category 1 status.
A complex process requiring specialist skills, the tensile building was created from a lattice steel framework which was covered with a heavy-duty architectural fabric membrane, allowing the players to train in all weather conditions.
The full-size tensile training facility was brought to life as part of the wider academy masterplan, which also saw the Premier League side invest in five other pitches, as well as classrooms, a lecture room, analysis and meeting rooms, gymnasium, restaurant and kitchen.
The major expansion means the club can meet increasing demand for its playing, training and education offering, while helping Palace’s academy achieve its vision of developing young players all-round.
The elite facility will also put Palace in a position to compete with other London clubs in attracting and retaining some of the best homegrown South London footballing talent – giving its future a real boost.
Representatives from Collinson Construction gathered for a star-studded opening ceremony to celebrate the milestone, where the redeveloped academy was revealed by England manager Gareth Southgate, who graduated from Palace’s youth system in 1990 and made 191 Palace appearances.
Club icons including former player and Palace academy graduate Wilfried Zaha, former managers Roy Hodgson and Ian Holloway, as well as other senior footballing figures such as Ian Wright and Patrick Vieira were in attendance to watch Gareth Southgate cut the ribbon on the project.
“Collinson’s tensile expertise meant the team was able to deliver a state-of-the-art indoor training barn that will allow our players to train in all weather conditions. “The firm worked tirelessly to ensure we were left with an outstanding building that is extremely well-built, and came in on time and within budget. The Crystal Palace FC team is thrilled with the new state-of-the-art covered training pitch.”