Rose Bowl plc has announced that work will begin on the first element of its £48million redevelopment project which will transform the venue into one of the best Test Match grounds in world cricket.
The first element of the project involves the construction of 2 major new stands, either side of the existing Pavilion with work set to begin immediately. The stands which are due for completion in time for the start of the 2010 cricket season next April, will provide covered seating for a further 4,800 spectators. These additional seats will take the Rose Bowl’s permanent capacity to 15,000 and with the addition of semi-permanent seating for Major Matches its maximum capacity to 25,000 – the largest public ticket offering amongst the UK grounds.
Funding for the £9million stands has been secured through a combination of bank debt provided by Allied Irish Bank and equity, including a significant contribution from catering partner, Compass together with monies raised from the recently launched Rose Bowl Debenture Scheme.
The new spectator stands will feature luxurious Executive Boxes and Corporate Lounges with fantastic views over the playing surface. Spectacular new concourses will provide the most up to date catering and spacious toilet facilities for spectators as well as a new Hampshire Cricket retail store.
Also included in these stands are the exclusive seating and bar areas for holders of the Rose Bowl Silver Debentures.
Northern Ireland based construction company McAleer & Rushe have been appointed as main contractor on the project which is being project managed by Drivers Jonas.
The stands have been designed by leading practice EPR Architects in conjunction with specialist sport stand architects The Miller Partnership.
Rose Bowl plc Chairman, Rod Bransgrove said:
"This is a fantastic day for The Rose Bowl and Hampshire Cricket and all our supporters, staff and stakeholders as it marks the tangible beginning of our redevelopment programme. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all those who have worked so tirelessly behind the scenes to get us to this point, not least our main contractor McAleer & Rushe as well as our two key funding partners on this element of the project, Allied Irish Bank and our catering partners, Compass. I would like to also add my thanks to all the people who have subscribed to The Rose Bowl Debenture Scheme and I look forward to welcoming them to the new look Rose Bowl next year."
"With Eastleigh Borough Council’s continued support, and with their financial commitment to the new 175-bedroom hotel expected to be confirmed imminently, we are now well on the way to becoming one of the best cricket grounds in the World. Our ambition to reset standards for the cricket-watching public will soon be realised and I can’t wait to see these fantastic new stands full of cheering fans, enjoying the world-class cricket we will have on offer over the coming seasons."
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