13 September 2011
officially started on the main phase of redevelopment at Lancashire
County Cricket Club's Old Trafford ground.
The proposals, including new media facilities,
a giant Tesco store and two new grandstands, are part of a
sports-led regeneration strategy for a 20 hectare mixed use
Capita Symonds is providing civil, structural
and geotechnical consultancy services on various aspects of the
project on behalf of the client LCCC.
The project, which will increase capacity from 15,000 to 25,000,
have been developed by the club, Trafford Council, Ask Developments
and Tesco, and will transform the historic venue into one of the
country’s premier sporting destinations.
Jim Cumbes, Chief Executive, Lancashire CCC said: "It’s with
great joy and some relief that we get started on the major work to
demolish the old stands and build the world class ground we have
been striving for. After seven years of hard work and hard battles,
we can say the future for the club is now brighter."
The club expects to hear back from the England & Wales
Cricket Board soon regarding its bid to return to the Test-hosting
With new floodlights now installed, it will next summer host
limited-overs games with Australia and South Africa.
Phase three, the development of the pavilion area, will start in
January while Tesco is scheduled to start onsite on 1 October with
its new store.