Our interdisciplinary team in Manchester has received planning approval for the next stage of the redevelopment of the Emirates Old Trafford cricket ground for Lancashire County Cricket Club. Alongside a major expansion to spectator seating, the exciting new plans include new retail spaces, a heritage centre, guest services areas, a dual aspect members' lounge and the addition of 100 new rooms in the adjoining Hilton Garden Inn hotel.
Architect director, Andrew Capewell, said: “Our designs for Lancashire Cricket have always been about creating an exciting and sustainable place to visit and watch cricket but also about continuing the legacy of the ground for the wider community. Old Trafford has hosted cricket matches since 1857 and we know how important it is to local people that the redevelopment enhances the ground as a fantastic place to be.
“We have been a consistent partner for LCCC during the redevelopment of the stadium for the last decade and we’re excited to see the next stage take place. It is fantastic to see that our plans have been approved by Trafford Council’s planning committee - the design will be a triumph for the area and we are sure these improvements will provide a bigger and better stadium that members, supporters and visitors can continue to be proud of.”
The grandstand redevelopment has been designed to be sensitive to the legacy of the existing stadium. It will house more than 1,000 new spectator seats alongside a range of new facilities for spectators, visitors and Lancashire members, all benefitting from elevated views of the action - enhancing the overall experience for supporters and creating an unforgettable sporting atmosphere.
Leader of Trafford Council, Andrew Western, added: “The development will make Emirates Old Trafford a truly spectacular sporting arena and one of the biggest in the country. It will also provide huge benefits to the local area in terms of employment and improved local amenities, and will keep Trafford firmly on the sporting world map.”
The redeveloped Red Rose grandstand is targeting opening in time for the 2023 cricket season, with work anticipated to start on site in 2022.