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Bristol City Football Club Training Ground

Project Overview

Vectos has helped Bristol City Football Club obtain approval of the planning application for new training facilities at its Failand base, providing flood and sustainable drainage advice to the scheme.

North Somerset Council Planning Committee voted to approve the state-of-the-art site that will bring together the club’s first team and academy players and staff, further enhancing the player pathway programme. The scheme will include a new pavilion building, the formation of grass pitches and associated site re-contouring, the provision of a new access, landscaping works, car parking and other ancillary development, and the incorporation of a sustainable surface water drainage strategy.

Our Approach

Vectos provided a Flood Risk Assessment including a surface water drainage strategy for the scheme. A surface water drainage strategy was provided, with a ground investigation confirming that an infiltration-led strategy would be appropriate. Infiltration is at the top of the sustainable drainage hierarchy, with a cellular soakaway incorporated into the layout for the management of surface water runoff. This included piped conveyance of surface water from the impermeable areas and permeable paving, to manage the runoff and provide water quality benefit.

Vectos found that the site has a low level of risk from fluvial and tidal sources of flooding, with surface water flooding across the site also found to be low. However, the change in land use resulting from the scheme over what is a large site area could adversely affect the surface water runoff regime if not properly assessed and with appropriate mitigation and management measures incorporated.

Surface water runoff from the impermeable areas will be conveyed to a cellular soakaway situated below the car parking area. The parking bays will comprise permeable paving to collect and discharge to the cellular soakaway. The use of permeable paving provides further benefits, with additional storage for surface water runoff and also with benefits to water quality.