Frank Whittle instructed on FC United ground

Simon Donohue

The Frank Whittle Partnership has been appointed by FC United of Manchester to manage the development of its new £5.5m ground.

The FWP team has begun work on the planned 5,000 capacity ground on Ronald Johnson Playing Fields in Moston, Manchester.

The ground was designed by IBI Taylor Young.

FC United, founded in 2005, is currently in the Evo-Stik League but has ambitions to continue its rise through the football pyramid.

FWP, which has offices in Preston, Manchester and London, is working on designs for a modern, community-orientated football ground.

FWP has worked on projects with Preston North End and Fleetwood Town and is developing stadia and community assets for clubs such as Oldham Athletic, Peterborough United and Berwick Rangers.

Another current project is a masterplan for an £18m sports and science park near Blackpool, including a new ground for fellow ambitious non-league side, AFC Fylde.

David Robinson, managing partner at FWP, said: "We have been working with FC United on the concept of their new ground from the start of the project and we are delighted that we have now been appointed to turn that vision into reality.

"This will be a real asset for Moston enabling FC United to continue its development as a community football club and for it to drive forward its success on and off the field."

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