A new stand with a capacity of 3,500 spectators, including 32 wheelchair admissions.  The stand’s most distinctive feature is its curved canopy with ten large triangular skylights that provide a dramatic backdrop to the Bridgford Road boundary.

 
Location:
Nottingham
Sector:
Sports Facilities
Budget:
£8.2m
Client:
Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club
Awards:
See below
Services:

Architecture

 

The latest stand has a capacity for 3,500 spectators including 32 wheelchair spaces, this has increased the Ground’s total capacity up to 17,000. At ground level, a broad concourse has replaced the narrow walkways. New public facilities, including toilets, first aid room, a vending area and car parking are provided under the stand.

A new three-storey office building overlooks the pitch and provides accommodation for executive and administrative staff, match officials and match control personnel. An electronic replay screen has been integrated into the office structure. It is the largest screen at any British cricket venue, and can be used as a replay screen, an electronic scoreboard, or as a split screen showing both at the same time.

 

The development addresses the changing demands from governing bodies, the media and spectators on modern international cricket. A network of ducts and conduits has also been installed to facilitate cable management of future communications, services and controls throughout the Ground.

 

The new stand is a single tier structure with a curved canopy that incorporates ten triangular skylights that create a dynamic silhouette against the Bridgford Road boundary.  The combination of white seats and cladding materials, traditional cross-bar balustrades, and cream brickwork maintains the theme established elsewhere around the Ground.  From the outside, the street scene is dominated by a white colonnade and the patinated copper colour of the canopy, which takes its inspiration from the roof of County Hall nearby.  The old Bulwell stone boundary wall has given way to railings and stone piers, bringing light into the concourse and enabling passers-by to see activity inside the Ground.

 

Everything at Trent Bridge is top flight, international class.

Jason Gallian
Captain, Nottinghamshire C.C.C. 1998-2004.

 

Awards

2008 Constructing Excellence East Midlands Regional Awards
Winner – Value Award – Improvements at Trent Bridge Cricket Ground.
(Long term commitment to continuously improve and add value).

Achievers Award
Recognition to Huw Evans for Trent Bridge Cricket Ground

 

No less than 70 years ago, Neville Cardus wrote ‘there is efficiency about Trent Bridge, yet not so much that the homeliness is dispelled’.  That the same can still be said today is a rare commendation, considering that most of the place has been rebuilt in the last 15 years.

Alan Lee
The Times