Their Premier League campaign kicked off in spectacular fashion yesterday (August 19th) signifying a positive week for Manchester City after plans for their new state-of-the-art training complex were given the go-ahead.

Government officials approved the £100 million development, which will allow the champions to compete with clubs around the world in being able to produce the best young players to compete in the first team squad, which City hope to open by 2014.

It was previously reported by the Construction Enquirer that BAM had been selected by the club to take on the work of the complex after it beat the likes of Carillion, Laing O'Rourke and Bowmer & Kirkland to secure the contract.

Man City officials noted that the plans had been given the go-ahead after the High Court granted a Compulsory Purchase Order which has been quick to clear up any outstanding issues the club had encountered.

It means that the club can now press on with plans to create the training facility which officials claim will become a world-leading institute for sporting excellence and allow City to train youngsters to compete with the best players in the world.

Eddie Smith, chief executive of urban regeneration company New East Manchester, back the plans laid out by the Premier League club, stating that it would have major benefits for the eastern area of Manchester. He noted that while it will give the team a boost to youth development, it will also help to stimulate job creation.

Mr Smith added: "We worked with the club to help relocate existing business and sustain existing jobs and are pleased that the secretary of state has reached a decision in the public interest which will enable this ambitious scheme to move forwards."

Man City kicked off their Premier League campaign in the same dramatic style they ended the previous season, coming back from a goal down to beat newly-promoted Southampton 3-2 with Carlos Tevez, Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri all getting on the scoresheet.

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