Published: 15:30, 10 April 2019
| Updated: 15:32, 10 April 2019
A Maidstone-based company is taking a crucial role in the construction of a new training ground for former Premier League champions Leicester City.
Gallagher Ltd was approached by the project's lead contractor, McLaren, to provide groundworks and reinforced concrete structures at what bosses describe as a "world-class" facility.
The main building will be surrounded by 11 full-size outdoor pitches, eight smaller pitches, five training grids and two goalkeeping areas.
Meanwhile, the indoor facilities include 35 bedrooms, a hydrotherapy pool, rehabilitation facilities and dining areas for the club’s academy and first team, as well as administration offices and a media centre.
A full-size indoor artificial pitch is also included in the plans as well as a sports turf academy, to train the next generation of grounds-people, and a 499-seat mini-venue show pitch, so that the under-23 and under-18 teams can experience a match environment.
The centre is scheduled to be completed in mid-2020.
Ken Baillie, Managing Director of Gallagher Ltd, said: “We are delighted to be working on this important project for Leicester City Football Club and McLaren.
"We were approached directly by McLaren to tender for this project following the successful completion of other projects for them such as a new leisure and retail unit at Intu Lakeside Shopping Centre, and the Amazon distribution centre in Tilbury.
"Although Gallagher has primarily been a south east business, this contract highlights our ability and willingness to work further afield for the right clients on the right contracts.”
The Foxes famously defied bookmakers' odds of 5000/1 to be crowned Premier League champions in the 2015/16 season.