Emirates Old Trafford

Pavilion set for historic handover to LCCC

Simon Donohue

The building marking the third and final phase of the £32m transformation of Lancashire County Cricket Club's Old Trafford home will be officially handed over on Tuesday 18 June.

The Pavilion, designed by BDP Manchester and constructed by Morgan Sindall, will be received by club chairman Michael Cairns.

Gavin Elliott, design architect of the 'new' Old Trafford and chairman of BDP Manchester, is the man behind both the Aintree racecourse grandstand and the Manchester City fanzone, the country's first purpose-designed fan entertainment area at a football stadium.

He explains the rationale behind the controversial Old Trafford design – which initially upset some purists but is now winning over club and cricket around the world.

"We didn't want to do a poor man's version of Lord's with white tents on the top of every building, and perpetuate that romantic notion of cricket on the village green, complete with cycling vicars and warm beer.

"Cricket isn't like that up here in the north west. It's more of a blue collar game, there's a different demographic and a different atmosphere. We wanted our design to reflect that."

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