Tuesday 17 March 2009 

Yorkshire Gets Go Ahead For New Pavilion

Yorkshire Gets Go Ahead For New Pavilion
Yorkshire Gets Go Ahead For New Pavilion
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The Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Metropolitan University have today completed the signing of all necessary contracts to allow the building of the Carnegie Pavilion to get underway.  The construction of the pavilion which will cost £21m is being undertaken by BAM Construction Ltd and is due for completion in May 2010.

Designed by Will Alsop, the new 4,000 sq metre Carnegie Pavilion will be a multi-purpose building that will operate as a state of the art cricket pavilion and media centre during the summer and a teaching facility during the academic year. The facility will include: a state-of-the-art media centre, upgraded player facilities such as changing and treatment rooms, replacement spectator seating, premium hospitality suites 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 at least ‘Very Good’.

The Yorkshire County Cricket Club, in partnership with Leeds Metropolitan University, is grateful to Yorkshire Forward for their investment in the project and to Leeds City Council, HSBC, The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and Sport England for their support in ensuring the project could proceed.

The Carnegie Pavilion forms the highlight of a number of ground improvements being put in place in 2009 to develop Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground into a model ground satisfying many of the ECB’s requirements for Category A venues.

Additional ground developments include:

The installation of new drainage and irrigation systems and the relaying of the outfield thanks to £600,000 of funding from the ECB. This work is already underway and due for completion before the start of the 2009 domestic season in April.

New permanent seating will be added to replace those seats lost on the top tier of the Winter Shed Stand which has now been demolished. This has been achieved by utilising the space generated from the lowering of the outfield.

A new 102 sq metre replay screen, which will also act as a cricket scoreboard, will be installed in May 2009 replacing the existing scoreboard adjacent to the East Stand.  This will be a significant improvement for spectators and will be the largest permanent LED display screen in professional sport in the UK.

As part of the project, Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Met have also committed to improving community sports facilities in the area whilst a new Cricket Museum & Visitor Centre will be incorporated into the East Stand which, it is hoped, will become a major tourist attraction.

Stewart Regan, Chief Executive of the Yorkshire County Cricket Club, said: “Today marks the culmination of a lot of hard work and we are incredibly grateful to Leeds Metropolitan University for their continued enthusiasm and energy, not to mention their investment, which have been vital in keeping this project on track. We also pay tribute to Leeds City Council, Yorkshire Forward, The England & Wales Cricket Board, Sport England and HSBC for their support for the club. The Carnegie Pavilion is important, not only to the Club and its members, but to the city of Leeds and the county of Yorkshire.  When completed it will be seen by over 500 million TV viewers making it the most viewed building in Yorkshire and a landmark for the region.”

Stephen Willis, Director of Finance and Resources at Leeds Metropolitan University, said "The new development will facilitate significant and essential enhancements to Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground. 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."

Jan Anderson, Executive Director of Environment at Yorkshire Forward comments; “Headingley Carnegie Cricket Ground is much more than a sporting venue for our region – it is a cultural asset and an icon around the world. Developing and improving the stadium will allow the region to attract more international fixtures, bringing more visitors to the area and cement our profile on the world stage as a great place to visit, host events and do business.”

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