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ADAM Architecture to make Oval UK's largest cricket stadium

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Classicist practice ADAM Architecture is working with Surrey County Cricket Club (SCCC) on expansion plans for The Kia Oval cricket stadium in south London

The plans include replacing the Bedser Stand, enlarging the OCS Stand and increasing the capacity from 25,500 to 40,000, making it the largest cricket stadium in the UK .

The current titleholder is Lord’s Cricket Ground in north London which has a capacity of 30,000 - although it is also looking to expand (see .

ADAM Architecture has already worked at The Kia Oval, having completed the four-storey pavilion portico in 2013 (see AJ 30.05.13).

’The vision is to create a modern day coliseum’

Hugh Petter, design director at ADAM Architecture and project architect, said: ’The vision is to create a modern day coliseum, providing extra seating, while building out to the edge of the street to bring new life and vitality to the surrounding area.’ 

The SCCC is aiming to start on site with the expansion plans in 2019, which have not yet been submitted for planning permission, and complete in time for the Ashes in 2023. 

Richard Gould, SCCC chief executive, added: ’Our business has taken off over the last five years and our reserves have quadrupled in size along with significantly higher profits.

’We are starting to see the benefits of the Battersea Nine Elms expansion’

‘We have a very large and loyal following of over 350,000 active cricket supporters spread across the south of England, and are also starting to see the benefits of the Battersea Nine Elms expansion which is delivering another 21,000 homes to our immediate neighbourhood and adding to the population of London, which already stands at 8.6m people.’ 

Last week, the AJ reported that members of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) are set to choose between rival plans by Populous and David Morley Architects to overhaul part of Lord’s cricket ground, which would increase its capacity from 30,000 to 32,000. 

The Kia Oval, Surry County Cricket Club, Kennington, London, by ADAM Architecture

The Kia Oval, Surrey County Cricket Club, Kennington, London, by ADAM Architecture

The Kia Oval, Surrey County Cricket Club, Kennington, London, by ADAM Architecture

 

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  • Cricket like all other sports is moving away from participation to spectarorial indulgence. Virtual reality in our living rooms is already
    here. Is this the best way to invest to nurture the game ?

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