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Plans revealed for Old Trafford cricket ground expansion

Charlie Schouten

Lancashire County Cricket Club has unveiled plans for a 4,850-seat stand at Emirates Old Trafford, a move which will make the cricket ground the largest outside London.

The stand is to replace the existing Red Rose Suite and will bring the total capacity of Old Trafford up to 26,700. Also included in the plans are pitch viewing suites, enhanced members’ facilities, a heritage centre, ticket office, and a retail shop facing onto Brian Statham Way.

The designs also feature an extension of the existing Hilton Garden Inn, which opened two years ago. This will be in a separate block on a plot next to UA92, the former Kellogg’s Building, which is now a university. This block will be linked to the existing hotel via a pedestrian bridge.

David Hodgkiss, Lancashire Cricket chairman said: “The new stand, which will replace the Red Rose Suite, will complete the redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford which is now an award-winning, world class and all-encompassing stadium.

“Lancashire Cricket Club is committed to ensuring Emirates Old Trafford is one of the best places in the world to watch and play cricket, both at a domestic and international level and the new stand, which includes a pitch-view suite, will further enhance the facilities for Lancashire Members. It will transform that area of the ground and will make Emirates Old Trafford one of the largest cricket stadiums in the country.”

The professional team includes Chroma Consulting, BDP, Marston & Grundy, Planit-IE, Exterior Architecture, Cundall, Virtual Planit, Gardiner & Theobald, and Paul Butler Associates.

The development forms part of the wider Civic Quarter masterplan, which is being brought forward by Trafford Council. This covers several prominent sites including the area around the cricket ground, Trafford town hall, and UA92.

Earlier this summer, Place North West reported the council and Bruntwood had put forward plans for a residential-led overhaul of the former Kellogg’s site in Old Trafford including up to 750 homes, a primary school, a 100-bedroom hotel and up to 200,000 sq ft of offices and education space.

A consultation on the revised area action plan for the Civic Quarter, which is being drawn up by Planit-IE, Feilden Clegg Bradley, and Avison Young, is expected in early 2020.

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Dreadful place to get in and out of.

By CrackerJack

Why? That party stand is horrendous, a huge stand with no dedicated facilities and they still charge huge amounts for international games. They should look to develop that. Rather than trying to get Oasis to play every other year.

By Kendrick Lamar

The business model relies on income from the summer concerts. Whilst the party stand isn’t my cup of tea either it is always full for the higher profile games and you can always sit elsewhere in the ground if you prefer. As for access, there is a tram stop right outside!

I think LCCC are doing a good job

By Anonymous

Must have some more free money from Trafford council again if the hotel is expanding

By Deh Trafford

Time to invest heavily in red corrugated iron shares methinks.

By Dave Hurford

It’s alright you wanting all these people to come to watch cricket but like United you don’t think on the impact it has on the local community ie the parking !!!!!!! Can’t wait for more roads in the area to be permit only .

By I'm fed up

Were the cricket and football grounds not there when you moved in?

By Anonymous

It’s 2019, who is expecting car parking and car access?! Tram, bus, cycling, walking these should be the modes for this area with minimal car provision for those who really need it.

By Sam

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