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UNIGRO To Embark On The Next Revolution In Sports Training

The fully acclimatised sports facility could be Europe’s largest

Unigro, the leading provider of controlled research environments, has been appointed to carry out a feasibility study to turn an indoor five-aside football pitch at Fawkham into Europe’s largest fully-acclimatised sports facility.

The study, commissioned by the Billings Group, a Kent based organisation specialising in construction projects, will investigate the viability of the proposed design, which if sanctioned, will enable athletes to train in a range of climatic conditions and altitudes. The design will include an integrated building management system to control the programmable temperature, humidity and atmospheric conditions required.

This would allow sportsmen and women to gain the benefits of training in varying climatic conditions without the inconvenience of travel and the related physical adjustments.

Angus Padfield, Research & Development Director at Unigro comments: “We are very enthusiastic about this project. This acclimatised sports facility represents an exciting opportunity to utilise our experience and expertise acquired in designing and constructing controlled contained research facilities. This new state-of-the-art facility has the potential to revolutionise how UK athletes train for international sporting events, and we are delighted to be involved with what could be one of the world’s largest facilities.”

Andrew Billings, Managing Director of The Billings Group says: “The feasibility study represents the next step in sports development and with its longstanding history in delivering world class controlled environments, Unigro was the natural choice in undertaking this important development for us.”

The feasibility study will begin in June, and is expected to be completed by December 2011.

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