Architects behind a new extension to Derby County’s Moor Farm training complex have released what are thought to be previously unseen images of what the finished development could look like.
It was back in 2016 when the Rams were given the all-clear to upgrade facilities at the site, off Morley Road, after a prolonged process in which the plans were referred to central Government because it meant building on greenbelt land.
However, the development was not called in, which meant the club could proceed with its plans to build a full-size indoor pitch, futsal pitch, changing rooms and cafe.
Despite having permission in the bag, the Rams have not started building work on the project yet.
The building will contain a full-size football pitch
However, work is being carried out to ensure that when it is constructed, it will be a “sustainable and eco-friendly” building – and in the meantime, Matthew Montague Architects, based at Longford, near Ashbourne, has released some artist’s impressions of what it might look like.
It would appear that the images were created some time ago as one of them shows the management team of Steve McClaren and Chris Powell on the touchline. McClaren, who was in his second spell as Rams boss – left the club in March last year. His assistant, Powell, also left Derby at the same time.
Matthew Montague Architects has been doing work with the Rams for the past 12 years – and last year put in an application on behalf of the club for an extension to the East Stand at Pride Park Stadium that would contain a food court, bars and a fan zone. That application is still being considered by Derby City Council.
This artist’s impression shows what the exterior of the new indoor football pitch will look like
But in the meantime, the firm is currently working with the University of Nottingham to assess the environmental credentials of the upgraded training facilities at Moor Farm.
The work is being funded by Energy for Business, which is backed by the European Regional Development Fund.
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In a statement, Matthew Montague Architects said: “These developments will make sure that Derby County retains its Elite Player Performance Plan Category 1 status and remain as one of the elite clubs in terms of its academy and training facilities.
“The Elite Player Performance Plan is a national scheme to develop young players.
Derby County’s Moor Farm training complex on the edge of the city
“As this is a new development, both Matthew Montague Architects and Derby County are keen to ensure that the new facility is as sustainable as possible, hence the partnership with the University of Nottingham.”
Through the Energy for Business project, Sergio Runza, from the university, will carry out energy and environmental performance assessments of the new facility and consider several models that will lower carbon emissions, reduce energy consumption and ultimately running costs.
Matthew Montague Architects said: “Sergio’s work will help Derby County to reduce the carbon footprint of Moor Farm.
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“The energy performance assessments will undoubtedly reduce the building’s energy consumption, reducing fuel costs, making the facility more sustainable and reducing the environmental footprint of the whole project, respecting neighbours and the countryside surrounding the area.
“Discussions are still being held with regards to time-scales and actual dates for the work to begin. However, the work completed by Sergio will certainly give food for thought to the powers-that-be at Derby County.”
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Source: Derby Telegraph