Portakabin delivers training facility for Premier League club

York-based modular building expert, Portakabin, has handed over a new project to Brentford Football Club.

The Robert Rowan Performance Centre, which is likely to be in place for up to the next five years, will enable the club to continue to develop its plans for a new permanent performance centre.

The building was completed in partnership with Ardent Sports and Fuse Architects following a competitive tender.

Angela Lewis, hire manager for Portakabin, said: “Everyone involved in this project felt a huge affinity with the aspirations of the design.

“The bespoke nature of the architect and the club’s vision allowed us to really stretch ourselves from a delivery point of view.

“It was an intense project to work on but the team really dug deep; from our specialist groundworks contractors to our interiors team – everyone went the extra mile.”

Tony Blanchard, regional manager for Portakabin, said: “The speed at which we moved on this job meant if you blinked, you missed a milestone – it was phenomenal.

“Starting on site in May and handing over in November for the official opening in December is unheard of in a project this size and scale.

“Buildings like this happen once in a lifetime. The openness, honestly and collaboration we were able to exercise with Ardent and the club meant it was a success.”

Phil Giles, Brentford FC director of football, added: “Our new Performance Centre, named after our former colleague and friend Robert Rowan, has vastly improved the day-to-day working conditions for our players and staff.

“We wanted a building that would enable us to provide our players and staff with Premier League facilities. Portakabin have delivered that.

“We had a vision of a building that would enable our players and staff to work together closely. We wanted to raise the level of what we could offer while, at the same time, maintaining the atmosphere and togetherness that has been present for many years and helped us climb the league.”