Leicester City designer behind costly Manchester United takeover plans

Leicester City moved into their world-class training facility in Seagrave, north Leicestershire, nearly two years ago, and Manchester United was clearly impressed.

Former Leicester City director of estates and infrastructure Mags Mernagh is now overseeing a new project to improve Manchester United’s Trafford Training Centre.

Mernagh was behind designing the LCFC Training Ground, the club’s world-class north Leicestershire headquarters in Seagrave. Manager Brendan Rodgers ‘ side has called the 185-acre complex for approaching two years now after originally, but the official opening was held in April this year after being delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The site comprises seven buildings that are supplemented by 21 playing surfaces, 14 of which are full-size pitches. Included inside are elite-standard sports science and medical facilities plus customized gym and hydrotherapy areas. Mernagh planned the project and now has a new challenge on her hands, six years on from originally joining Leicester in the autumn of 2016, amid talk of a takeover at United.

As Man United program director Mernagh has an office on-site at Carrington, according to our colleagues at the Manchester Evening News, in order to oversee this latest project. On a smaller eight-figure scale compared to the £100 million that Seagrave cost, this development is due to add a state-of-the-art recovery room for the men’s side as well as a dedicated gym for the women’s team, with the Women’s Super League side’s facilities consistently criticized since being founded four years ago.

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