Man City approach top architect to design £1billion Eastlands complex
Published 22:45 15/05/10 By Simon Mullock
Manchester City’s owners are set to appoint top architect Rafael Vinoly as the man to design a £1billion sports and leisure complex at Eastlands that will make the club the envy of the football world.
Sheikh Mansour, who is prepared to spend what it takes to build a team capable of challenging for the top honours on the pitch, has approached Uruguay-born Vinoly to mastermind a stunning 200-acre development that will transform east Manchester.
Vinoly, 66, will get a brief that will include building a £5million state-of-the-art training complex bringing Roberto Mancini’s senior and youth players on to the same site close to Eastlands.
Other ideas being considered are a five-star hotel, sports and leisure centres, restaurants and bars.
But City’s owners also want to make the area a top tourist attraction and it is possible that the development will also include a museum and art gallery.
Vinoly became a business associate of City chairman Khaldoon Al-Mulbarak (above) when he designed the Mina Zayed waterfront project in Abu Dhabi.
Khaldoon is head of the Mubadala Development Company that financed the 150-acre re-development programme aimed at boosting Abu Dhabi’s tourist trade.
Vinoly, who lives in the United States, has company offices in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago and Cleveland, as well as London and Abu Dhabi.
His company was a finalist in the design competition for the new World Trade Centre i n New York.
But Vinoly’s speciality is building world-class leisure facilities, which makes him perfect for City’s plan.