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Lancashire Cricket Club furthers redevelopment

Lancashire Cricket has announced that the Trafford council has approved the next phase of the redevelopment at Emirates Old Trafford, following a meeting held at Trafford Town Hall on Thursday 16 January.

The redevelopment aims to include a new 4,850-seater stand with a pitch view suite, enhanced member facilities, a heritage centre, a ticket office and retail shop. The new stand will expand the capacity of Emirates Old Trafford to 26,700.

The redevelopment plans coincide with the transformation of the town hall into a new ‘civic quarter,’ which will cover a 120-acre site including the town hall, Lancashire Cricket Club, the former Kellogg’s site and White City retail park. The Hilton Garden Inn hotel will also be expanded as part of the redevelopment.

The council has created proposals for the new area which include building a new leisure centre, an improved public realm, opportunities for new homes and offices and improved pedestrian and cycle routes. The council also aims to create a new public piazza and ‘processional route’, which will link Lancashire Cricket Club with Manchester United’s Old Trafford stadium.

Daniel Gidney, chief executive, Lancashire Cricket, said: “We are delighted that the application for further development at Emirates Old Trafford has been approved by the planning committee.”

He continued that the “£60m redevelopment of the ground was so that the Club could host major competitions, and major matches as it has done in 2019 with the ICC Cricket World Cup and Ashes and will continue to do over the next five years and beyond.”

Gidney added: “We’re looking forward to the next phase, which will help us to achieve our vision of establishing Lancashire Cricket as the best cricket club in the world. It’s an exciting chapter for both the Club and venue, and also the region. I would also like to thank Chroma and Paul Butler Associates for their assistance throughout the process.”