Jean-François Pien is the director of Paris Saint-Germain’s Training Center and Youth […]
How is the project going?
When we submitted the planning permission application in January 2018, it marked a fundamental step for the Club’s Training Center project. It was the culmination of three years’ hard work and the result of extensive discussions with our staff, the partner authorities and the local inhabitants. Working together as a group has enabled us to consolidate the project, within the time frame set, and hone certain aspects, such as the roads.
What has been happening since January?
Our planning permission application is currently being studied by the State services, and any other procedures required before the permissions are granted will follow over the rest of the year. This administrative phase is long and complicated, and the project must also adhere to new regulations. We have already completed an important regulatory phase back in May: of the two public inquiries that must be carried out as part of the project, the first was approved by the head of the inquiry. The next public inquiry will be held in autumn 2018.
What is being done on site at the moment?
A preventative archaeological survey is being carried out until July by the DRAC (Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs) as part of the planning permission approval process. The archaeologists will submit their report in the autumn. Their findings will show whether or not excavations are required – in the meantime, no useable information will be announced. With regard to the site’s surface, the Club has taken into account any potential discoveries and has planned, within the project’s time scale, for a delay for carrying out excavations.
When will the building work start?
Paris Saint-Germain are working alongside the State services and authorities to ensure that the procedures are followed to the letter, so that they receive all of the necessary administrative authorisations by the end of 2018. This means that the building work can start in summer 2019 and will last 24 months. The centre is scheduled to open in summer 2021: this carefully-monitored schedule is in keeping with our requirements, so that this first ever 100% Paris Saint-Germain site fulfils even the most stringent quality standards.
Though the Club is best known for its players and sports teams, […]