Work to start on Lancashire’s Old Trafford revamp
Eric Wright Construction will demolish the Red Rose Suite, replacing it with a six-storey block containing a hotel extension and new seating.
The project, which was given final sign-off by Trafford Council this week, will increase the capacity of Lancashire County Cricket Club’s Emirates Old Trafford by around 500 and add 100 rooms to the existing Hilton Garden Hotel, which has 150 rooms as it stands.
In addition, the new-build structure will feature a museum, members lounge, retail space and a ticket office.
An earlier iteration of the project proposed an additional 5,000 seats, but these plans were scaled back after a pandemic-prompted rethink.
As well as main contractor Eric Wright, the project team includes BDP as architect, Paul Butler Associates as planner, Cundall, Hannan Associates, Axis Transportation Planning, Tyrer Ecological, Marston & Grundy, Applied Geology and Exterior Architecture.
Late last year, LCCC announced plans to create a second venue in Leyland.
The county cricket club has teamed up with Lancashire County Council on plans for a new year-round facility on the A582 Farington Road.
The proposed development is intended to bring together elite and community cricket at the site, which is subject to public consultation and planning approval.