A former Midlands army base is being targeted as a possible training centre for the 2012 Olympics.
The former Central Engineers Depot site at Long Marston, near Stratford-upon-Avon, which developer St Modwen Properties acquired from the Defence Estates two years ago, has been identified as a potential location for accommodating teams for the London-based games.
Many of the sports facilities used by the Royal Engineers when they were based there are still intact and, subject to refurbishment and new equipment, could prove ideal for some of the Olympic sports squads.
Warwickshire County Council has prepared a report on the facilities, which include squash courts, both indoor and outdoor shooting ranges, a gymnasium, tennis courts plus accommodation.
Anthony Glossop, chairman of St Modwen, who toured the 478-acre Long Marston site with representatives of Stratford-on-Avon District Council, said: "We appreciate that anything like an Olympic base is challenging and would need a long term after use, but it exemplifies the range of opportunities and lateral thinking our team is exploring."
Mr Glossop, together with Paul Lankester, chief executive of Stratford Council, Trevor Askew, the council's corporate director, and local councillor Mike Brain, went on a fact-finding visit prior to further discussions on a redevelopment strategy for the site.
Last autumn rail traffic returned to Long Marston with the letting to Porter-brook of a 26,000 sq ft raIl-connected warehouse for storage of rolling stock, spares and parts.
More than 80 per cent of the 1.1 million sq ft of existing buildings on the former depot site is let on short-term leases.