Badminton England plan new HQ

17 October 2012 / 17:26

Badminton England has announced plans to move to a new £20million headquarters and training base in Milton Keynes.

The governing body propose to move from their existing National Badminton Centre in the Bedfordshire town to a new purpose-built complex of at least twice the size at the National Bowl.

The new centre, which is intended to open in spring 2015, would contain a 16-court badminton hall, a 3,000-seater arena, a fitness club, administrative space and athlete accommodation.

BE chief executive Adrian Christy said: "As minimum, the National Badminton Centre will double in size.

"The arena will also allow Milton Keynes to attract major national, European and international sporting events - not just badminton competitions, but several other sporting events that might include volleyball, table tennis, netball and basketball.

"The support from partners for this venture has been overwhelming, including MK Council, the landowners and Sport England, who have mentioned this project alongside other world-class facilities such as the new St George's Park football centre in Burton-upon-Trent and Manchester's redeveloped National Cycling Centre."

A more detailed planning application will be submitted to Milton Keynes Council in January next year.

BE have been at their present Loughton base, which will be sold to fund the new project, since 2000.