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Vectos helps Bristol City FC obtain permission for new training facilities

Vectos has helped Bristol City FC obtain approval of the planning application for new training facilities at its Failand base. 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 club’s player pathway programme.

Vectos Associate Director and Project Director Andrew Clay said he’s proud to have contributed to the planning permission by undertaking the flood risk assessment and preparing the surface water drainage strategy for the site.

“While we found that the site has a low level of risk from fluvial and tidal sources of flooding 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," he said.

"The scheme submitted for planning incorporated a cellular soakaway beneath the car parking area, with the surface water runoff from the impermeable site areas draining into this. 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."

Included in the new-look facility is a floodlit showpitch, capable of hosting the club’s Under-23 matches, along with two other new full-size pitches and two more training areas.

The building complements the surroundings, encompassing a gymnasium, changing rooms, medical and rehabilitation facilities and office space for the first team and Academy staff.

This site has been the training ground for the football club for over 10 years. This will bring the facilities into the 21st century and provide the football club’s Academy and first team with an elite performance environment.