BDP has announced that is has become an official partner of Lancashire County Cricket Club, with which it has worked for more than 15 years on the redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford.
BDP was appointed as lead designer by Lancashire County Cricket Club in 2008 when the redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford originally commenced. Historically known as one of the world’s oldest and most historic international cricket stadiums, a decade-long, £60 million improvement programme has led to a new era at Emirates Old Trafford, with a host of award winning facilities, making it one of the most all-encompassing venues in Manchester.
2023 will mark a milestone year for the historic venue with the latest Emirates Old Trafford redevelopment project - once again, led by BDP - which includes a 100-room hotel extension to the current Hilton Garden Inn.
BDP has also assisted the club in the design and development of Lancashire’s second ground, based in Farington – which was approved on 7th March, subject to final Government review. The development will provide Lancashire Cricket with a new ground which includes two ovals, outdoor nets and a pavilion that can be used throughout the year. These world-class facilities will ensure the continued development of the men’s and women’s professional squads and the academy programmes, whilst also providing opportunities for community use.
BDP will also sponsor the club’s networking event in Mumbai on the 20th March which is part of Lancashire Thunder’s historic pre-season tour to India, where the squad will be based at Reliance Park, home of the Mumbai Indians.
The event will be at the Royal Bombay Yacht Club ahead of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) fixture between Gujarat Giants vs UP Warriorz at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai. It will also include a cricket and business panel and Q&A session, which will include Director of Cricket Performance Mark Chilton, players Kate Cross, Alex Hartley and Ellie Threlkeld – as well as senior representatives from BDP, Manchester India Partnership and Lancashire Cricket.
Gavin Elliott, Principal at BDP, said: “We have held a fantastic working relationship with Lancashire County Cricket Club over 15 years so everyone at BDP is so proud to see Emirates Old Trafford develop into the world-class, multi-purpose venue that it is today, with further development on the horizon.
“Both BDP and Lancashire Cricket have very similar core values and have both grown significantly together so I’m delighted that we have extended our relationship by becoming an official partner.
“It’s going to be a hugely exciting year working with those at Emirates Old Trafford, as we work to deliver the new development this summer alongside the second ground at Farington over the next couple of years.
“With a studio in the region, India is an important growth market for BDP, so I am hugely excited to go out to Mumbai next week alongside Lancashire Cricket to attend the WPL fixture and networking event.”
Daniel Gidney, Chief Executive of Lancashire Cricket, added: “We have worked with BDP for a long time, so we’re thrilled that they have further enhanced their relationship with Lancashire Cricket by becoming an official partner during 2023.
“They have played a pivotal role in the £60 million redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford that we have seen over the past decade, and they are also working closely with us on the Farington second ground project, which was approved earlier this month, subject to final Government approval.
“We thank BDP for their support of our pre-season tour to India next week with Thunder – another historic moment for the Club - as we take our professional women’s set up to Reliance Park in Mumbai for a week-long training camp.”