The full story as Celtic edge closer to major Barrowfield redevelopment

By John McGinley

September 13, 2021

As you may have seen reported elsewhere, progress has indeed been made on Celtic’s plans to redevelop Barrowfield, however, what exactly is going on is a little bit more complex than the stories out there.

As stated by Scottish construction magazine Project Scotland, Celtic have been granted approval by Glasgow City Council for the construction of changing facilities.

Construction company Ryden is quoted as saying: “The proposed new changing facilities and gym are to replace these existing facilities as they no longer meet the club’s requirements. These new facilities will ensure modern fit for purpose facilities are available, meeting the requirement of Celtic FC and also importantly football governing bodies.”

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But you may be wondering about the promised indoor training pitch, announced in 2019 as a “major redevelopment”, and why that isn’t mentioned in the proposals outlined above.

There’s no reason to think those plans have been scrapped.

Right now there are two separate planning applications lodged with Glasgow City Council, one for the “modular changing facility” described above and another for the indoor training complex that will house a full-size football pitch for all-weather use.

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Celtic were given approval for the construction of the “modular changing facility” which includes a gym, reception, office and first aid room on September 10th.

The planning application for the full-sized pitch indoor training facility, adjoining the changing facilities, is still pending, which is why it hasn’t been mentioned.

However, these plans are still ongoing. The most recent documents relating to the training pitch were submitted to Glasgow City Council on September 3rd. It’s clear this is being worked on.

The Barrowfield training facilities will primarily be used by the Celtic FC Women team and the Celtic Academy teams. However, the indoor pitch is also set to be used by the first-team squad during poor winter weather.

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Currently, there is no full-size training pitch at Lennoxtown, so it’s a necessary construction. However, this is being built to complement the Lennoxtown facility, not replace it.

Accompanying the changing facilities and indoor pitch will be a number of full-size outdoor pitches, one with an artificial surface and other grass surfaces.

As stated by Celtic, a further phase of the redevelopment would also see the construction of new refreshment and grandstand facilities for spectators to potentially watch various Hoops teams in action.

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