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Birmingham’s Edgbaston Stadium has unveiled a new brand identity ahead of an exciting period that will see the legendary venue host many of cricket’s biggest fixtures, including the ICC Cricket World Cup, the Investec Ashes Series and the ICC Champions Trophy.

The new logo, which has been designed in partnership with Birmingham-based agency VIVA, has been themed on Edgbaston’s iconic e-shaped floodlights, with the new website for the venue ( also unveiled by Class Creative.

Gareth Roberts, Commercial Director at Warwickshire County Cricket Club, said:

The recent £32m redevelopment of our Pavilion End at Edgbaston was designed to ensure that the stadium would regularly host the world’s biggest cricket matches. With these fixtures awarded and fast approaching, it’s essential that we have a brand that our visitors can recognise, but also have supporting messages around the stadium which highlight what a special venue Edgbaston is.

We have ambitions to be the world’s leading cricket business and as part of our brand redevelopment we have unveiled our new performance pyramid, of passion, preparation and performance, which will help staff deliver a special experience to our visitors in attendance.

The new Edgbaston brand is clearly visible from the front of the stadium with a giant (10ft) illuminated ‘e’ installed by the venue’s official partner Dragon Signs. Inside the main reception, a timeline of Edgbaston and Warwickshire CCC history has been mounted on either side, with more moments in history displayed around the stadium.

Last summer’s hosting of the third Investec Ashes Test Match saw Edgbaston nominated for ‘Best Entertainment Experience’ at the upcoming BT Sport Industry Awards. Overall, the venue hosts 35 days of major match cricket over the next four years with Marketing Birmingham expecting this year’s fixtures to generate a £17.7m impact on the local economy.

Councillor John Clancy, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said:

Edgbaston is a key part of the sporting and cultural offer in Birmingham, helping to put our city firmly on the global sporting map. And thanks to major events like the ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Cricket World Cup, Edgbaston also continues to plays a big part in our visitor economy.

In 2016 Edgbaston will host the England cricket team in a Royal London One-Day International against Sri Lanka on 29 June and an Investec Test Match against Pakistan from 3 August. It will also host the marquee day in domestic cricket, with NatWest T20 Blast Finals Day on 20 August.

Edgbaston Brand lighting. Picture by Sam Bagnall

Edgbaston Brand lighting: The illuminated ‘e’ outside the ground. Picture by Sam Bagnall.

Main pic: Neil Snowball, Warwickshire County Cricket Club Chief Executive, Dougie Brown, Warwickshire County Cricket Club Director of Cricket, Henrik Court, Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Events & Marketing Director, Chris Woakes, Warwickshire CCC and England all-rounder (credit: Sam Bagnall)




Plans have been unveiled for the redevelopment of a St. Kilda’s landmark, Junction Oval, in Melbourne’s Albert Park, presenting a second International Cricket Council-compliant first-class ground for Melbourne, and ensuring cricket and AFL no longer clash at the MCG at the beginning of the AFL season.

The Victorian Government is to contribute AUD$25m to the development that will become the new site of Cricket Victoria’s administration and training facilities, a venue for the Victorian Bushrangers, including women’s facilities for Victorian Spirit, and state-of-the-art medical and rehabilitation areas.

The MCG has been Victoria’s only first-class venue for the past few seasons but, when complete, the purpose-built, cricket-only venue, to be known as the Victorian Cricket and Community Centre, will become a year-round training, match and development site for cricket in Victoria.

Cricket Victoria Chief Executive, Tony Dodemaide, said that while domestic matches would be shared between the MCG and the Junction Oval in future, the ground would also be up to international standard. He added:

It certainly has the capacity for international tournaments that come to Australia in future, perhaps in ICC T20 competition, which requires a suite of facilities.

Not all games need … a large stadium of 100,000-capacity like the MCG. This will provide a boutique facility that complements tournaments like that.

Cox Architecture has been appointed to lead the project, with works to commence by the end of the year.

The project is also being funded in partnership with Cricket Victoria and Cricket Australia.

Some 327,000 Victorians play cricket, while the Bushrangers have won the Sheffield Shield 29 times.

The project is expected to be complete before the start of the 2017/18 season.

Image: An artist’s impression of how the Junction Oval will look after its redevelopment. Courtesy Cricket Victoria.

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The WACA Ground in Perth, Australia, is set to be scrapped as an Ashes venue, as plan is unveiled by the Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA).

Under the proposals, international matches between Australia and England will be moved to the new 60,000-capacity Perth Stadium, which is being built across the Swan River.

Work began on the new stadium late last year but is not due for completion until shortly after England’s Ashes tour in the winter of 2017-18. England are therefore likely to play one last Test at the historic venue, although the WACA Ground did miss out on hosting Test cricket last winter following concern over its outdated facilities.

That prompted a WACA review into the future of the ground, culminating in the release of its “Vision 2030 report” on Thursday.

The WACA board has already approved the plans in the report, although the long-serving president – and former Australia fast bowler – Dennis Lillee resigned his post earlier this week.

As part of the redevelopment scheme, which will take up to 10-years to complete, the WACA will downsize its existing ground into a “boutique” venue with a capacity of 10,000-15,000 spectators. All international matches against South Africa and India, as well as England, are to be moved to the new stadium, along with Big Bash League fixtures. The WACA Ground will continue to hosts internationals against other nations, as well as Sheffield Shield fixtures.

WACA Chairman, Sam Gannon, said:

To do nothing was not an option. We now have the opportunity to showcase the best of world and domestic cricket at two modern stadiums, providing players and spectators with facilities expected for modern sport.

Drop-in pitches are set to be used at the new stadium – which will primarily house Perth’s two Australian rules football clubs – which has created some concern that Perth’s unique pitches will be lost to Ashes contests.

The WACA Chief Executive, Christina Matthews, said there were plans to try to replicate those wickets in the drop-in pitches, but did admit the resignation of Lillee – who particularly enjoyed the WACA conditions during his stellar career – after 11 years in his post was a shock.



Image: The new 60,000-capacity Perth Stadium.

MCC announces Phase 2 plans for Lord’s Masterplan

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Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) announces plans for the second phase of the Masterplan for the redevelopment of Lord’s; the ‘South-Western Project’.

The project, which is the biggest planned phase of the Masterplan for Lord’s, includes: a replacement for the Tavern and Allen Stands, a new Thomas Lord Building, a new Tavern pub, and internal reorganisation of the Pavilion to provide more room for cricket teams and staff.

It will also open up the area around the Grace Gates on St John’s Wood Road to establish a more pedestrian-friendly entrance to the ground.

Additional aspects of the project include: a new Harris Garden Building with a bar opening out on to the garden, and additional dressing rooms both for tennis and squash players. There will also be an enlarged and deepened basement, which will enable vehicles to make deliveries directly to catering facilities underground, thus reducing the need to use the Grace Gate entrance.

The Club has decided to redevelop this area of the Ground for a number of reasons. First, the Tavern and Allen Stands have poor accessibility, no passenger lifts and limited catering facilities, so are no longer fit for purpose. Secondly, the area offers valuable scope to increase capacity for MCC Members and their friends.

The new stand – which is a single structure replacing two – will have just over 1,400 more seats to better satisfy demand from MCC Members. In total, the capacity of the new stand will be 5,520.

Thirdly, the project will restore the ceremonial nature of the Grace Gates by re-directing delivery traffic underground below the Thomas Lord Building, thus making the entrance to Lord’s more public-friendly.

The new, larger basement beneath the building will allow more efficient waste management and back-of-house operations and will improve circulation.

Finally, the Thomas Lord Building will house new staff offices and a new reception, which will improve both MCC’s operational efficiency and security.

The plans have been designed by Populous, the architects of the new Warner Stand at Lord’s, as well as outstanding venues such as London’s Olympic Stadium and Emirates Stadium.

The project is set to increase the capacity of Lord’s to almost 30,000 and its current budget is approaching GBP£80m.

MCC is aiming to complete construction of the new stand between the autumn of 2017 and spring of 2019 in time for the ICC Cricket World Cup and Ashes series in 2019. The rest of the development is scheduled for completion between the autumn of 2019 and spring of 2022.

As is the case with the proposed new Warner Stand, the floodlight will be incorporated into the building, reducing the visual impact of the pylon.

Derek Brewer, MCC Chief Executive & Secretary, said:

The South-Western Project will ensure facilities for players, match officials, supporters and MCC Members are of the highest possible standard by modernising areas of the Ground that have become tired.

MCC is committed to maintaining Lord’s as the finest cricket ground in the world, and this project also provides a wonderful new front door to the Home of Cricket.

MCC is continuing to consult with Members and local residents about the project, with the aim of submitting a planning application to Westminster City Council in the summer of 2015.


Lancashire County Cricket Club’s new Pavilion ready for Australia Test

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Lancashire County Cricket Club has opened The Pavilion to complete its £32 million ground redevelopment. Previously completed phases include The Point and a player and media centre.

In 2008, the club approached BDP to develop a masterplan for the cricket ground and wider area to redevelop the facilities to safeguard the future of international cricket in the north west of England. The radically enhanced Pavilion reinstates the historic 1895 building at the heart of the ground and provides new facilities for members and new club offices.

The design removes post-war extensions which cluttered the much-loved old building, sensitively intertwining a new steel-framed red brick and glass extension with the original distinctive red brick and sandstone facade and iconic turrets.

The new building has a double-height glazed frontage and reception space and people can move through the building via a new circulation system of stairs and lifts. The existing spectator concourse at the rear of the reception is rebuilt and enhanced with a glass fronted museum and club shop.

The former players’ dressing room on the second floor is reworked for hospitality space, while new third and fourth floor levels include hospitality suites between the turrets. The boxes also have external balconies and offer unparalleled views out over the cricket to Manchester, the Pennines and beyond.

Gavin Elliott, chairman of BDP’s Manchester studio, said:

The Pavilion is the emotional heart of the cricket club, and throughout the design process we have worked with the club to ensure we strike a balance between creating a state-of-the-art sporting venue that respects the emotional attachment many have for the ‘old’ Pavilion. The Pavilion has been restored to its rightful place as the physical and symbolic centrepiece of the new ground.

During the redevelopment temporary supports were used in the new spectator stands. These will be removed by building contractors Morgan Sindall to remove any viewing restrictions.

Photos: Daniel Hopkinson.

Building: Lancashire County Cricket Club Location: Manchester Architect: BDP

Lancashire’s new Pavilion preserves the old.

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