Manchester United to undertake £50m revamp of Carrington Training Ground

Sir Jim Ratcliffe

Manchester United is set to start work on a £50m modernisation of its Carrington Training Ground complex next week.

Work on the men’s first team building will focus on creating a high-performance collaborative environment for players and staff.

The project will result in all areas of the building being refurbished to deliver a world-class football facility with a positive culture to support future success, the club said.

The architectural practice, Foster + Partners, led by Manchester-born Lord Norman Foster, has been appointed to lead the project.

Foster + Partners has a rich history of designing pioneering football stadia and arenas. The practice was responsible for the reshaping of Wembley Stadium and the design of the Lusail Stadium in Qatar – the centerpiece of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The renovation work will begin on Monday (June 17) and is expected to last for the duration of the 2024/25 season.

The initial focus will be on the gym, medical, nutrition, and recovery areas, with a design emphasis on creating more space for collaboration and innovation among players and staff.

Temporary adaptations will be made to the rest of the Carrington site to ensure players and staff from all teams can continue to operate successfully next season.

This latest phase of development at Carrington follows the opening of the £10m state-of-the-art women’s and Academy building last summer, meaning more than £60m will have been invested in creating an integrated facility for the club’s entire football department over the past two years.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, co-owner of Manchester United, said: “We want to create a world class environment for our teams to win.

“When we conducted a thorough review of the Carrington training facilities and met with our men’s first team players, it was clear the standards had fallen below some of our peers. This project will ensure Manchester United’s training ground is once more renovated to the highest standards.”

He added: “Lord Foster, a fellow Mancunian, has brought some great inspiration to the design, in conjunction with the Manchester United team and we look forward to seeing the improvement to the facilities but most importantly on the pitch.”

Lord Foster, founder and Executive Chairman of Foster + Partners, said: “Our aim is to modernise and revitalise the building as a catalyst for future footballing success, creating spaces that inspire a culture of collaboration, unity and belonging.

“As a proud Mancunian, it is a particular honor for me to see Foster + Partners given this responsibility and we will ensure that our design captures the spirit of industry, grit and ambition that exemplifies both Manchester and Manchester United.”