The facades of the new training complex are constructed from two materials: wood and metal. The change in rhythm and nature of the facades was conceived with the aim of reducing the exterior surface area of the building to allow it to blend with the natural surrounds. The interiors are predominantly grey and white to allow changes of decoration to suit various occasions (sponsors, dinners, events...) The flooring is stud friendly and sturdy, for easy maintenance.
The total grassed surface area, including football pitches is 24,446 m² in a total surface area of 28,888 m², in other words, nearly 85%. A total of 35 tall trees were planted or replanted.
The players needs have been seen to with an aqua-therapy centre, massage room, treatment room and recreational area... All the players ‘living’ areas (treatment room, warm-up room, recreational area) face onto the playing pitches to enable injured players, or players receiving treatment to still feel part of training. Symbolically, the player zones are found in the heart of the building.
The preparation of the terrain began in January 2008, while the first stone was laid in July 2008, to be completed on October 24, 2008 – just over three months later. The installation of furniture and equipment began before the official inauguration on Tuesday, November 4.
|The training complex in numbers|
28,888: Total Surface Area
1,761: The surface area of the new training complex building
105: In days, the construction time
35: The number of trees planted or replanted
28: The number of rooms, excluding toilets, bathrooms and storage rooms
29: The number of parking places inside the complex
7.40: In metres, the maximum height of the building
6: The number of parking places for two-wheel motorised transport
5: In millions, the number of euros the entire training complex cost
Charles Villeneuve (PSG president)
“This is a very important moment in Paris Saint-Germain’s history. You have to understand that never before, since the club’s founding in 1970, has an owner ever undertaken such work. It’s like night and day compared to what the professional squad have been working with until now. This step forward brings with it, a certain ambition. We are proud of this new work tool, on par with Europe’s biggest clubs. The next objective, for the next few years, is to match Europe’s biggest club’s on the pitch as well as off it.”
Paul Le Guen (PSG coach)
“When I arrived at the club, one of my priorities was a new training complex. I really wanted to stay here because I like the setting here at Saint-Germain-en-Laye. I was convinced that this was the ideal site. Indeed, it would be difficult to find a more beautiful setting. I was lucky enough to be heard and supported. We then thought and conceived a complex truly adapted to the needs of a professional football squad. For this building, I was inspired by other complexes I have worked in, like that of Lyon, and also Glasgow Rangers.”
Mickaël Landreau (PSG goalkeeper)
“When I arrived at PSG, as a newcomer, I was surprised by the training conditions for the players. I think it’s important to keep in mind that this isn’t a luxury, but an important part of our day to day working lives. PSG now has an ideal training complex to work in, and above all, work well in. It’s important for us to enjoy our time in a place we feel at home in, which wasn’t necessarily the case before.”
Sylvain Armand (PSG defender)
“This new complex will change a few habits we have. We no longer have any excuses regarding the pitches or the equipment. I hope the new complex will help us daily in our aim to finally get results worthy of a club with the standing of PSG.”
Photos: Stéphane Reix