The new training ground at Northampton Saints has officially opened, following a ceremony on Thursday 6th April.
The new high-performance facilities were opened by Saints Chairman, John White, with CEO Mark Darbon, Captain Lewis Ludlam, and Director of Rugby Phil Dowson all present, after the completion of the construction works that started last year.
We have been working closely with Northampton Saints and main contractors, Warwick Burt Construction, to deliver this exciting scheme which will assist the team in their aspirations to continuously improve and recruit more top-tier talent.
Now enhanced, the overall facilities at Franklin’s Gardens will support the attraction of major sporting events to Northampton, helping the local economy as well as the Rugby Club.
Paul Vega, Partner at GSSllp, said, “This was a great local project to be involved in, and we are pleased to see it completed and attend the opening ceremony. It will be a great addition to the club and will provide an indoor year-round training facility which will allow the club to train effectively on site in all weather conditions.”
John White, Chairman at Northampton Saints, said, “I am thrilled that we are able to unveil our new High Performance Centre today. While we are very proud of our home here at cinch Stadium at Franklin’s Gardens, we know we must continue to invest in our facilities to underpin our ambition to be successful on the pitch and attract the best players in the world.
“We’re delighted to see this project finally come to life after a huge amount of planning and effort over a long time from many different stakeholders – there is a lot of excitement around the Club to begin using the facility!
“The development will also enable us to engage with the community in new ways and help us attract new events to Franklin’s Gardens and the town of Northampton.
“I want to thank everyone who has been involved in getting the project up and running, from the teams at GSS, pHp Architects and Warwick Burt, to our own Operations and Grounds teams here at Saints.
“This is an extremely exciting development for everyone at the Club and we can’t wait welcome our supporters through the doors later today.”
GSSllp were appointed as Project Managers and Quantity Surveyors on this exciting scheme.