Blending into the landscape, the main building will be partially underground and surrounded by 11 full-size outdoor pitches, eight smaller pitches, five training grids and two goalkeeping areas.
The indoor facilities include 35 bedrooms, a hydrotherapy pool, rehabilitation facilities and dining areas for the club’s academy and first team, as well as administration offices and a media centre.
The centre will include a sports turf academy, to train the next generation of grounds-people, and a 499-seat mini-venue show pitch, so that the under-23 and under-18 teams can experience a match environment.
The project supports biodiversity in the area, with the creation of 17 new ponds over 9,400m², to attract wildlife and help to manage surface water drainage. In addition, 38,000 new trees will be planted across more than 11 hectares of retained woodland, alongside 4.4 hectares of new planting and landscaping and 14.6 hectares of wildflower grassland.
The centre is set to complete in mid-2020.