Friday 5 September 2008 

Carnegie Pavilion Gets Green Light

Leeds Metropolitan University and Yorkshire County Cricket Club have been given planning approval for a striking new pavilion at Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground in Leeds. The pioneering scheme combines new world-class cricket, media and hospitality facilities with University teaching space.

Designed by Will Alsop, the new 4,000sqm Carnegie Pavilion will replace and upgrade the existing Yorkshire County Cricket Club facilities at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, whilst providing first class teaching space for Leeds Met. During the summer, the building will operate as a cricket pavilion and media centre. During the academic year, the pavilion will provide world class teaching facilities.

The Carnegie Pavilion provides accommodation for a mix of uses over five floors for both partners, and surpasses the England & Wales Cricket Board’s requirements for Test Match venues. The facility includes: a state-of-the-art media centre; upgraded player facilities such as changing and treatment rooms; replacement spectator seating, new executive boxes and associated facilities. The new hospitality suites and media centre have been designed as lecture theatres and teaching space for use outside major cricketing events.

Environmental, economic and social sustainability are central to the project. The sustainability strategy involves creating one dual-use building which will be used all year around, and is designed to achieve an environmental assessment (BREEAM) rating of ‘Excellent’.Works on site are scheduled to start in November 2008 and are due for completion in 2010.

Stewart Regan, Chief Executive of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said “This is fantastic news for the club, its members, players and partners. Leeds Met and ourselves have worked incredibly hard with our advisors over the past 18 months to deliver a project which satisfies everyone’s needs. We are delighted with the outcome and look forward to commencing work on the Carnegie Pavilion later this year. This development will go a long way towards helping the club retain international cricket here in Yorkshire. We are indebted to Leeds Met, Leeds City Council and Yorkshire Forward for their assistance, support and hard work over many months. The Carnegie Pavilion, when completed, will become the single most-viewed building in Yorkshire, seen by some 500 million people on TV during international cricket events. We are confident it will become a landmark building for the city of Leeds.”

Stephen Willis, Director of Finance and Resources at Leeds Metropolitan University said “Today’s announcement of planning approval for the Carnegie Pavilion marks another exciting and significant development for Leeds Metropolitan University, students, Yorkshire County Cricket Club, the city of Leeds and Yorkshire as a whole. Headingley Carnegie Stadium is one of Yorkshire’s best known and loved landmarks, hosting a number of fantastic events including international cricket. The new development will facilitate significant and essential enhancements to the stadium. It will also provide opportunities for Leeds Met students to study in a state of the art environment and learn through unrivalled practical experiences at the many events held at the stadium.”

Shaun Russell, SMC Alsop, said “The Carnegie Pavilion has undoubtedly been a real challenge for our joint clients and the whole design team – an unusual dual-use building on a highly constrained site and surrounded by residential properties - and we are extremely pleased with the outcome of the planning application. We consider the Carnegie Pavilion to be a genuinely ground-breaking project and we want to see it built!”

Don Stewart, Executive Director Strategy at the Regional Development Agency, Yorkshire Forward, said, “We are thrilled with the news that the application to build the Carnegie Pavilion has been approved subject to satisfying normal planning conditions. Yorkshire Forward have worked with Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Met to create a very exciting project. This will be a world-class building with a world-class design and will be seen by millions of TV viewers the world over. It is exactly the sort of building that we want to see in the city of Leeds and we are very keen to see it completed.”.

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