Phase One of the plan includes a £12 million self-contained conference and events facility at LCCC that is being created to bring business to the region from across the UK and Europe. Also included in this phase is a £3 million upgrade of the cricketing facilities, including 2,500 new permanent spectator seats, new permanent floodlights, a power upgrade, and a new scoreboard and replay screen. Work already completed as part of Phase One includes a new £600,000 outfield and drainage system.
Earlier this week, the Northwest Regional Development Agency showed their support for LCCC’s long term vision of upgrading facilities to win back Test Match cricket, with a grant of £2.65m for the cricket and “green” elements involved in Phase One of the redevelopment.
Denton based Windmill Demolition is the company appointed to carry out this initial stage and the work has involved precision planning to minimise disruption of the day to day business activities still going on at the ground. The demolition is now well underway and is expected to be complete by (date) in time for the builders to begin work on the new development.
Geoff Durbin, Commercial Director at LCCC says: “This is an exciting time for Lancashire County Cricket Club, and also for the region. The new conference & events suite will offer a unique venue with the capabilities of hosting large events which other venues don’t have the capacity to cater for. In addition, this new development is generating work and jobs for the area, and it’s encouraging to have some positive news in this current climate.”
The new suite will be one of the largest purpose built facilities in the country, able to cater for 1,000 people for a dinner and up to 1,000 delegates for a conference.
Although self-contained and with its own entrance separate from the Cricket Club, the glass fronted suite will overlook the famous Old Trafford cricket pitch.
The immense glass front will provide natural daylight for delegates, and there will be a 2.5m balcony running along the full length of the suite.
LCCC is committed to minimising its environmental impact wherever possible and will be implementing a number of green elements within the development.
Throughout the development it will remain business as usual for LCCC. To ensure continuity for their clients and staff the management team have erected a solid walled marquee on the LCCC premises that can cater for 700+ guests for dinners and large conferences.
Since being in place from the beginning of December 2008 the marquee, which benefits from a fully star-clothed high ceiling, has already been a popular setting for a number of company Christmas parties and is attracting enquiries from organisers for a varied range of events including weddings, conferences, product launches and exhibitions.
Geoff adds: “We have an excellent reputation for service at Lancashire County Cricket Club and a great team behind it. We were keen not to lose anyone, it was very important for us to retain the quality of staff and the ‘gold marquee’ proved the perfect solution. It provides us with an excellent venue offering and, because there are no pillars, it’s a blank canvass for organisers to create their own unique events!”
The Gold Marquee will be a permanent fixture at LCCC until the new Suite is built and fully operational in Autumn 2010.
The new facility is the first part of a proposed £200 million development programme for the area. The whole project will include the creation of new business, residential and leisure space in the vicinity and is set to bring huge economic, sporting and educational benefits to the community and the North West.