Surrey County Cricket Club has applied for planning permission to redevelop the Lock/Laker Stand at the Kia Oval.
The redevelopment would increase the capacity of the Test Match ground in Kennington, London, to 28,000.
The news was announced by chairman Richard Thompson to members at Surrey CCC’s AGM, during which CGI pictures of the final design were also shown for the first time.
The new Lock/Laker Stand will increase the capacity of the ground to around 28,000, adding 2,500 seats.
The development will see the existing Peter May Stand extended around to link to the Micky Stewart Members’ Pavilion with two tiers, including further roof terracing, added above.
There will also be an extension to the Micky Stewart Members’ Pavilion, by adding an extra wing to the original building, built in the 1890s, which will make it fully symmetrical when viewed from the Vauxhall End of the ground and add new rooms for Members’ use on match days.
As well as the extra match day capacity, the new development will see a new facility constructed for the club’s Conference and Events business, allowing the ground to host larger events with scope for over 700 guests that will allow for extensive further development in non match-day events at the Kia Oval.
The application was submitted after a lengthy consultation with the residential community around the Kia Oval and Lambeth Council.
The architects for the scheme are Rolfe Judd, a practice headquartered on Claylands Road, five minutes walk from the Kia Oval, who also designed the new Peter May Stand that was opened in 2016.
Should planning permission be granted later this year, construction is planned to begin after the 2019 winter and be completed, in two phases, by the start of the 2021 summer of cricket.
Surrey CCC chief executive Richard Gould said:
Ever since announcing our plan to expand the Kia Oval in order to meet the increasing demand we are encountering for international and domestic cricket, we have been working towards this moment.
As well as adding 2,500 extra seats to the ground, this development will provide vital new facilities to help the club continue to build on the recent growth that has been driven in our conference and event business.
I would like to thank the local residents we worked with on the design of the scheme, as well as other club stakeholders for their help and support in the preparation of this application.
It was also announced at the AGM that the 2017/18 financial year saw Surrey CCC post record profits of £3.6m.
As per the club’s structure as a Members’ club, all profits will be reinvested into Surrey CCC and the continued development of the Kia Oval.