Hampshire County Cricket Club's new ground on the outskirts of Southampton is taking shape, to designs by Michael Hopkins and Partners. The architect is working with Arup Acoustics on shielding the site from the noise of the nearby M27 by creating a 3m-high acoustic/security fence around the perimeter of the main pitch and nursery pitch. The practice is also building an acoustic bund near the motorway and a berm around the main pitch. The whole development, on land leased to Hampshire by Queen's College Oxford, will include a cricket academy and a nine-hole golf course. The wicket is being laid to cater for first-class cricket in April 2001, with buildings around the ground set for completion by 2000.
Brocklehurst Architects has won planning permission for a new 10,000m2 office building for the computer software company sas Institute, on the Wittington Estate, near Marlow in Buckinghamshire. The scheme incorporates a new cricket pitch for the local village team, while a separate building houses the pavilion and leisure facilities for sas staff. The main building is designed as a hub with two arms of offices. A restaurant occupies the upper floors.