Surrey County Cricket Club has been granted full planning permission for the redevelopment of the Lock/Laker Stand at the Oval in London.
The new development will see a new three tier stand built in between the Micky Stewart Members’ Pavilion and the Peter May Stand, with considerable new facilities for match day experience, conference and events and hospitality included in new buildings that will link to the stand, known as One Oval Square.
Construction will begin in October 2019, immediately after the conclusion of the cricket season, which will see the Kia Oval host the final Ashes Test, the opening match and four further fixtures in the ICC Cricket World Cup and Surrey’s defence of the Specsavers County Championship and Kia Super League titles won in 2018.
It will be phased over one and a half years and is due to be completed by the start of the 2021 season.
The scheme has been designed by Kennington architects Rolfe Judd, who also designed the new Peter May Stand that was opened in 2015 and has quickly become one of the ground’s most popular locations.
Two additional tiers of seating will appear to ‘float’ over the Peter May Stand and in turn connect through to the historic Micky Stewart Members’ Pavilion, which will have one room added to make the building symmetrical when viewed from the pitch and the Vauxhall End.
As well as extra seating and rooms for conferencing and events, the new stand will include two further roof terraces, adding to the hugely popular Corinthian Roof Terrace and the lower Westminster, Tenison and Peter May Garden terraces.
Surrey CCC chief executive, Richard Gould, said:
Receiving planning permission for this new development is fantastic news for the club as we continue to improve all aspects of the Kia Oval. It will add a significant number of extra seats, alongside new facilities to further improve people’s experience when they watch cricket here.
As evidenced by the thousands of new Members joining our club – and the record-breaking number of Ashes tickets sold to Members in the last ten days, the demand to watch world class cricket at the Kia Oval has never been stronger.
This development allows us to increase the capacity of the ground to nearly 28,000 – and the One Oval Square development will hugely improve the facilities available for holding Conferences and Events at the ground, a side of our business that has multiplied many times over in recent years and now has the opportunity to move to the next level.