Burnley F.C. – New Training Academy

Having worked with the Main Contractor Barnfield Construction to establish a cost plan for the project, MA Steel have gone on to secure the order for the structural steel frame and feature glulam curved roof beams and circular columns. The building will contain coaching areas for the Academy Trainees and as well as the First Team Squad, also to be included is a full size indoor training pitch.

Situated near the historical Gawthorpe Hall on the outskirts of Burnley, run by the National Trust the hall is affectionately referred to as the ‘Downton of the North’, and was redesigned in the 1850’s by Sir Charles Barry, designer of the Houses of Parliament and the ‘real’ Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle.

The modest Hall houses the North West’s largest collection of portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery as well as The Gawthorpe Textiles Collection, a wonderful collection of intricate lace, embroidery and needlework amassed by Miss Rachel Kay-Shuttleworth.

Gawthorpe Hall is the final stop on ‘The Brontë Way’, a long distance route with strong associations with the writings of Charlotte Brontë.