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ADAM Architecture's Oval cricket ground overhaul to start in autumn

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ADAM Architecture’s plans to overhaul the historic members pavilion at London’s Kia Oval cricket stadium will finally start on site within months

Surrey County Cricket Club unveiled renewed plans to refurbish and extend the pavilion at the venue, which plays host to international and first class cricket.

The designs were drafted a number of years ago with support from the Duchy of Cornwall – which owns the free hold of the Kia Oval – as part of a major redevelopment project.

The old Surrey Tavern was demolished in 2008 but the project stalled due to planning issues and the beginning of the recession.

It is now due to start in the autumn and be completed by spring.

The project will include a ‘grand facade’ looking out over Kennington Park and Oval Tube station.

It features classic Doric columns and terraces on multiple levels, as well as providing space for a new member’s entrance and concierge lobby, which will also act as a ticket office.

The Long Room bar will be remodelled to open out onto a pair of entrance stairways, and the Pavilion Restaurant will be refurbished and provided with its own south facing terrace.

Surrey CCC chairman Richard Thompson said: ‘The club is delighted to be able to start work on this project, which will provide outstanding new facilities to rival any sporting members club in the world.

‘It will also provide us with the opportunity to properly showcase the deep history of the Kia Oval which covers cricket, rugby and football.

‘Indeed the magnificent decoration of the facade includes stone urns reminding us that is was here that the Ashes were created in 1882, as well as column caps shaped into the Princes of Wales’ Plume of Feathers.

‘We are pleased that it will provide such a significant visual improvement to this part of London, as we have been hidden behind temporary hoardings for the past six years. We believe it will provide a catalyst for further development projects in the area.’

The project has been granted planning permission and the club is finalising design and cost elements in readiness for a start once the cricket season has finished.

The original masterplan includes a hotel and, while this will not be a part of this phase, the club has renewed a contractual agreement with Arora Hotels that could allow this to go ahead in due course.

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