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Four eye bids for Gary Neville £15m hotel and rooftop pitch

Exclusive: Four contractors are eyeing the chance to build a new hotel and rooftop football pitch for former Manchester United footballer Gary Neville.

The former Manchester United FC defender, now an England coach and TV pundit, won planning permission last week from Trafford Council for a 16 metre by 12m rooftop pitch on the proposed 10-storey Old Trafford Supporters Club.

CN understands Bam Construction, Bowmer & Kirkland, Galliford Try and McLaren Group are interested in the scheme, valued at around £15 million.

Planning permission has been granted now for the AEW Architects-designed project on Sir Matt Busby Way, which will also include a 138-bed hotel, bar, restaurant and shop.

The scheme will incorporate a rooftop football pitch and will be built in the shadow of Manchester United’s 76,000-seater Old Trafford stadium.

Manchester United FC had submitted a document in May that opposed their former captain’s proposed development in May which they said would obstruct views in the area.

Trafford council’s decision to grant planning permission was hailed by developers Red Property Services and the architects AEW who said they hope it will be open in time for the 2014/15 season.

The scheme is at pre-tender stage, but the four contractors eyeing the scheme all have previous experience in building sporting infrastructure.

The defending Premiership champions, and Manchester United’s city rivals, Manchester City recently appointed Bam Construct to its £100 million new world-class training facilities.

CN revealed in April that Bowmer & Kirkland were among its competitors for the deal, with Carillion and Laing O’Rourke the other firms to miss out when Bam was appointed for the contract in August.

Bowmer & Kirkland was appointed to build the £100m National Football Centre, the Football Association’s new home which opened to the England mens football squad squad to train at last month ahead of the international fixture against San Marino.

Tottenham Hotspur confirmed McLaren Construction has been appointed as main contractor to build a new supermarket and commercial/educational space to the north of its proposed new stadium under a £400m new development.

McLaren also built the London club’s new training facilities at Enfield which included 11 outdoor pitches - one artificial pitch and ten natural grass.

Galliford Try was appointed to the £25m redevelopment of Warwickshire County Cricket Club’s Edgbaston International Stadium in 2010, built the retractable centre court roof at the All-England club in Wimbledon and the £12m Darwen Leisure Centre in Blackburn.

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