A SPECIALIST sports contractor awarded a £1.7m contract to help build Bristol Bears’ new training complex has revealed its role in the scheme.
Collinson Construction has signed a deal to work on the project, which will see brand new facilities installed on the 23-acre site at Kingcott Farm, Beggar Bush Lane.
Bristol Bears successfully applied to North Somerset Council for permission to build a training complex back in 2017.
Now, the appointed construction company is set to deliver a training barn 44,000 sq. feet in size.
Inside, there will be a half-sized rugby pitch, providing indoor training space for the club.
Other planned developments at the Beggar Bush site include changing rooms; a state-of-the-art gym; strength and conditioning facilities; a medical department; 4G training grids; hybrid carpet grass pitches and offices for Bears staff.
The complex is expected to attract top talent, supporting Bristol Bears’ ambition to be one of the best rugby clubs in England and Europe.
Collinson Construction will help with the Bears’ ambitions by supplying the indoor training barn, so that junior age groups through to the first XV can focus on developing their skills without being affected by bad weather.
The same construction company built the training barn at the National Indoor Arena in Dublin, now the Irish RFU’s preferred training centre—partly due to its full-sized indoor pitch.
Sam Collinson, Managing Director for Collinson Construction, said:
“We’re immensely proud to be working on this project.
“Bristol Bears have come a long way and creating their own training ground is the next logical step in the club’s journey.
“As a company that specialises in sports, leisure and education buildings, we’re regularly involved in projects that support the development of talent in people of all ages.
“We’re confident the training barn will deliver in this respect.” Work on the Bristol Bears’ training complex has already begun, and the club aims to be using the facilities by mid-spring in 2020.