Construction of Leicester Football Club’s state-of-the-art training ground forges ahead despite coronavirus fears
Construction of Leicester Football Club’s state-of-the-art training ground has forged ahead despite the suspension of a similar project at Premier League rivals Liverpool amid coronavirus fears.
The 185-acre project near Seagrave, Leicestershire, will cost the club an estimated £100 million.
Work by building firm McLaren continued through last week with scores of vehicles seen accessing the site, a former golf course.
Pitch perfect: Leicester City, who play at the King Power stadium (pictured), plans to open the new facility this summer
A nearby resident, who asked not to be named, said: ‘We’re concerned that hundreds of workers are coming and going every day. We want it closed.’
Liverpool FC has halted work on a £50 million training complex in Kirkby which was due to complete soon. Leicester City, whose chairman is Thai billionaire Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha, plans to move to the new facility this summer.
It is thought there are now fewer than 200 workers on the site, compared with around 500 at the peak of the project.
The Government has been forced to defend its decision to allow building work to continue despite locking down other sectors. It is expected to clarify policy by releasing a list of ‘priority projects’.
A Leicester club spokesman said: ‘All contractors working on site continue to adhere to the most up-to-date Government guidance and recommended working practices on social distancing.’
McLaren said the well-being of its workers and the public is its ‘top priority’ and it would ‘monitor the situation’ and comply with any further Government advice.
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