THE REDEVELOPMENT of Lancashire County Cricket Club's world famous Pavilion moved a stage closer to completion as contractors, Morgan Sindall, hosted a topping out' ceremony at Old Trafford on Thursday.
Officials from the Club, Morgan Sindall, BDP and members of Lancashire County Cricket Club Foundation’s Young Trustees’ Group signed the steelwork at the top of the Pavilion to mark the final completion of the steel frame.
The Pavilion, which is due to be completed by early summer 2013, ahead of the Investec Ashes returning to Old Trafford in August, will provide brand new state-of-the-art facilities for LCCC Members. It has retained its original red brick and sandstone façade and iconic turrets but will undergo a modern overhaul that will see it reaching a similar height to The Point whilst also being able to accommodate up to 700 guests, utilising eight suites and nine executive boxes. Subject to funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund the Pavilion will also be home to the anticipated Museum and Red Rose Wall, with the latter giving cricket fans and those with an affinity to Old Trafford the opportunity to be part of history, by personalising a stone that will form part of the new development.
Chairman of Lancashire County Cricket Club, Michael Cairns OBE, said: “Today marks another milestone in what has truly been a marathon. It has been an incredibly long and, at times, arduous journey to achieve the final planning consent to redevelop Old Trafford into a world class venue, but we are now on schedule to complete before the return of The Ashes next summer.
“The Point is already well established as a leading conference and events facility, while the new Players and Media Centre was highly acclaimed when it opened for last summer’s International T20 between England and South Africa. The Pavilion is very much the epicentre of Old Trafford and Lancashire County Cricket Club and it will have some best-in-class amenities, not only for our Members, but also for hospitality guests on match days and provide exquisite and unrivalled facilities for business use on non-match days.”
Gavin Elliott, chairman of the BDP Manchester Studio said: ““The Pavilion is the emotional heart of the cricket club. BDP’s design means it will continue to be the focal point of a transformation which is creating a unique, world-class setting for international cricket.
“We have worked closely with the Club to ensure the design strikes the right balance between the new state-of-the-art 21st century sporting venue we have been creating progressively, and the real emotional attachment many understandably have to the ‘old’ Pavilion. When complete, the Pavilion will be restored to its rightful place as the physical and symbolic centre-piece of the new Ground.”
Jim Morgan, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “We’re delighted to be marking this significant milestone on such a prestigious project. We have been privileged to have been the principal contractor throughout the wider development of the club and it’s really exciting to be nearing completion on this final phase.
“The LCCC pavilion is an iconic building with a rich heritage and the redevelopment retains the building’s characterful façade while updating and extending the building to provide a superb facility for club members and visitors alike.”
James Haseldine, Headteacher of Stretford High, said: "It's an honour for Stretford High School students to be invited to become Foundation Young Trustees and to take part in this ‘Topping Out’ Ceremony. This responsibility empowers the young people we work with to develop employability skills. The experience will give them the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the great community in which they live and takes learning out of the classroom."