Further construction work will take place at Lancashire County Cricket Club at the end of the 2013 cricket season to enhance the spectator experience at the ground.
The project will see the removal of a number of support columns in two new stands which, in a small number of seats, restrict the view. The works will take place at the end of the 2013 cricket season and will have no bearing on any 2013 fixtures, including The Ashes.
The project involves dismantling the top tiers of the new south east and south west stands to allow strengthening of these tiers. Additional structural steel will be installed to allow the removal of the aforementioned support columns, which will improve site lines.
The support columns were installed last year as an intermediate measure to allow the stands to be used during the 2012 cricket season. They were required as a result of project delays caused by the structural steel contractor, Sabre Structures Ltd, going into administration and the need to have the stands available. Once the 2013 season is complete, the columns will be replaced by a solution that enhances the contemporary and elegant cantilever design of the new stands.
Lancashire Country Cricket Club has a comprehensive programme of some £40m of upgrades and improvements to Old Trafford. Morgan Sindall has already delivered The Point, one of the UK’s best conference and events venues, the new Media Centre and is presently constructing the Club’s re-designed Pavilion.
The new south east and south west stands were successfully used for last season’s international matches and they will continue to host spectators in their current format during 2013.