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Our Bearwood Park progress | Phase One

Updates in the form of imagery from our new training complex

29 May 2019

The moment our Chinese shareholders took control of the football club, Mr Dai stated that one of his priorities was to invest in the development of our new training facility.

That major investment has been extraordinary and is now beginning to blossom at Bearwood Park.

Since 2004, Reading Football Club’s training provision has been located at our current Hogwood Park facility. And for 15 years it has served as a perfect second home for the Royals.

However, the natural evolution of the club has seen it outgrow its Hogwood Park surroundings and with the club’s ongoing investment in the Premier League’s Elite Player Performance Plan structure for elite Academies, new training facilities became necessary to sustain Category One Academy status and meet the growing everyday demands of a progressive football club.

1 From a distance, the Bearwood development is starting to take shape #ProjectBearwood.jpg

Bearwood is bigger and better… and beginning to look extremely impressive.

Guided by Chief Executive Nigel Howe, Phase One of the Bearwood project is reaching its conclusion…meaning the playing pitches will all be in place and ready to use very soon.

Bearwood Park will ultimately be home to a purpose-built first team building and a separate Academy facility as well as a number of various other ancillary buildings.

The development of the site has also involved extensive landscaping of the area and the refurbishment of a number of existing buildings.

2 Green grass carefully manicured on one of the main pitches at Bearwood.jpg

Foundations are being laid and the infrastructure of the main buildings will start to become very visible in the coming weeks and months. But with Phase One nearing a natural end and groundstaff now on site every day to oversee the maintenance of the playing surfaces, it means football will soon be being played on green grass down at Bearwood!

The size and scale of the project should not be underestimated. Our owners have ensured that this new modern, forward-thinking training facility has been designed to be one of the very best in the country and the envy of clubs up and down the divisions.

2i Green grass carefully manicured on one of the main pitches at Bearwood.jpg

We want to give our fans an early glimpse into the work being done down at Bearwood.

So over the next few weeks, we plan to post images of the facility across our official social media channels to update you on #ProjectBearwood and allow us all to look forward to a brand new state-of-the art facility that is being designed to beautifully serve our staff and players’ needs.

A 3G pitch is already in position...

4 A 3G pitch in place.jpg

4i A 3G pitch in place.jpg

Lines have been drawn at our new training facility; the artificial 3G pitch in all its glory and very much ready for action!

5 Lines have been drawn - the 3G pitch is ready for action.jpg

5i Lines have been drawn - the 3G pitch is ready for action.jpg

5iv Lines have been drawn - the 3G pitch is ready for action.jpg

The Academy pitches are being prepared and the expanse of the development is evident for all to see...

6 Academy pitches are being prepared and the expanse of the development is evident for all to see.jpg

Still some work to be done on the final three Academy pitches at the site, but the remaining preparation work is well underway and moving at pace...

7 Still work to be done on the final three pitches at the site, but preparation work is well underway.jpg

The sand base layer on the remaining Academy pitches is laid and seeding about to begin...

8 The sand base layer is laid and seeding about to begin.jpg

8ii The sand base layer is laid and seeding about to begin.jpg

Conservation is consistently being considered as the development continues to takes shape...

17ii Conservation consistently considered as the development takes shape.jpg

17 Conservation consistently considered as the development takes shape.jpg

While the pitches reach perfection, the surrounding pathways and landscaping continue to be developed...

14v While the pitches reach perfection, the surrounding pathways and landscaping continue to be developed.jpg

Phase Two of the project is very much underway with this area flattened and being fully prepared for the foundations and the framework of the first team building...

14 While the pitches reach perfection, the surrounding pathways and landscaping continue to be developed.jpg

15iv Phase Two of the project is very much underway with this area flattened and being prepared for the foundations of the first team building.jpg

Football at Bearwood is soon to become a reality. Our Academy players will step out from the changing rooms and step straight onto the green stuff...

a) Stepping from the changing rooms and straight onto the green stuff.jpg

c) The grass is growing...those lines will certainly be straightened out before a ball is kicked!.jpg

The first team 'show pitch' basking in late spring sunshine...

d) The first team 'show pitch' basking in late spring sunshine.jpg

While building work continues apace, the pitches have to be maintained so they are in perfect condition for football.

e) While building work all around continues apace, the pitches have to be maintained so they are in perfect condition for football.jpg

ei) While building work all around continues apace, the pitches have to be maintained so they are in perfect condition for football.jpg

Away from the hustle and bustle of the site, Bearwood will be a tranquil setting for players and staff.

f) Away from the hussle and bustle of the site, Bearwood will be a tranquil setting for the players and staff.jpg

The character of the site remains - this apple store will remain in situ at Bearwood...

g) The character of the site remains - this old apple store will remain in situ at Bearwood....jpg

And the stable buildings are staying in position as they are renovated to become a part of our Academy facilities.

h) And the stable buildings are staying in position as they are renovated to become part of our Academy facilities..jpg

hi) And the stable buildings are staying in position as they are renovated to become part of our Academy facilities..jpg


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