With planning approval now in place for the multi million pound regeneration of Essex County Cricket Club in Chelmsford, MCD Developments are now in discussions with the Club on bringing the first phase of the scheme forwards.
As well as the much needed redevelopment of the stadium and cricketing facilities, the development will include 400 premium residential apartments and 15,000sqft of retail space.
At the center of the scheme will be a new public piazza which will be surrounded by restaurants and shops. The piazza will also be the main entrance into the cricket pavilion and box office.
MCD, who are specialists in regeneration are also the developers for the Warwickshire County Cricket Club at Edgbaston and are renowned for their high quality residential and commercial schemes.
Development Executive of MCD Jennifer Price comments: "I am delighted after years of preparation to be able to take our first steps with the club to implement this exciting development. The Cricket Club is an integral part of Chelmsford and the town deserves a modern and properly equipped venue in order to compete on the world stage. We are creating an environment that will compliment and enhance both the club and the surrounding area and encourage new investment into the region.”
The Club will benefit from a brand new stadium seating nearly 8,000 which will include bars and restaurants for the members and the public, a new media centre and a new cricket school with important new facilities for the players. The pavilion will double up as the premier banqueting suite in Chelmsford and the surrounding area, with car parking to accommodate over 300 vehicles.
Keith Brown, Treasurer and chairman of the Ground Development Panel comments:
“We have been preparing for this development for a decade and now that we have planning permission we are very excited that we can start work on its implementation. It will create first class facilities worthy of our first class cricket team but above all it will retain the atmosphere of the existing ground”.
The residential part of the scheme will comprise 3 tower blocks with impressive views across the cricket ground, Central Park and beyond and a fourth phase of luxurious apartments which will form an integral part of the grandstand itself, the ultimate lifestyle apartment for any Cricket fan.
As part of the construction a new bridge will be built across the River Can, connecting the new piazza to Central Park and making the town centre just a five minute walk away.
At this stage it is difficult for a timetable of construction to be devised, as soon as further information is available this will be communicated to the interested parties.