BDP to spearhead Emirates Old Trafford rejig


BDP Pattern strengthen partnership with Lancashire Cricket Club Image: Lancashire Cricket

The Lancashire County Cricket Club (UK) has struck a new commercial partnership with the internationally renowned architectural, engineering and design practice, BDP.

‘’ stated that the above firm has worked with the club over the past 15 years on the redevelopment of their residence – the Emirates Old Trafford in Stretford, England (UK).

The Lancashire County Cricket Club represents the historic county of Lancashire in English cricket. The club has held first-class status since it was founded in 1864. Lancashire’s home is the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Stretford, England (UK), although the team also play matches at other grounds around the county.

The 26,000-capacity Old Trafford Cricket Ground is a cricket ground in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England (UK). It opened in 1857 as the home of the Manchester Cricket Club and has been the home of the Lancashire County Cricket Club since 1864. From 2013 onwards it has been known as the Emirates Old Trafford due to a sponsorship deal with the Emirates Airline.

Manchester, England (UK)-based the Building Design Partnership Limited, doing business as BDP, is a firm of architects and engineers employing over 900 staff in the United Kingdom and internationally.

BDP (Building Design Partnership), which has offices worldwide, has been Lancashire Cricket’s architects since 2008 when redevelopment at the Emirates Old Trafford originally commenced.

‘’ further stated that historically known as one of the world’s oldest and most historic international cricket stadiums, a decade-long, £60m redevelopment has led to a new era at the Emirates Old Trafford, with a host of award-winning facilities, making it one of the most all encompassing venues in Manchester.

This will mark a milestone year for the historic stadium with the latest Emirates Old Trafford redevelopment project, once again led by the BDP, which includes a 100-room hotel extension to the current Hilton Garden Inn (hotel company).

The BDP has also assisted the club in the design and development of Lancashire’s second ground project, based in Farington, Leyland (UK), which was approved earlier this month, subject to final Government approval.

The development will provide Lancashire Cricket with a ground which includes two ovals, outdoor nets and a pavilion, that can be used throughout the year with top quality facilities to ensure the continued development of the men’s and women’s professional squads, as well as the age-group and academy programs, while also providing opportunities for community use.

As part of the agreement, the BDP also sponsored the club’s networking event in Mumbai (March 20th) – as part of Thunder’s historic pre-season tour to India, where the squad is based at the Reliance Corporate Park, home of the Women’s Premier League team Mumbai Indians.

North West Thunder, commonly referred to as Thunder, are a women’s cricket team that represent Lancashire and North West England, one of the eight regional hubs in English domestic women’s cricket.

The Mumbai Indians are an Indian women’s cricket team that compete in the Women’s Premier League (WPL), based in Mumbai.

The Women’s Premier League (WPL) is a women’s Twenty20 cricket franchise league in India. It is owned and operated by the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India.

Observed Daniel Gidney, Lancashire Cricket Chief Executive, “We have worked with the BDP for a long time, so we’re thrilled that they have further enhanced their relationship with Lancashire Cricket by becoming an official partner during 2023. They have played a pivotal role in the £60m redevelopment of the Emirates Old Trafford that we have seen over the past decade, and they are also working closely with us on the Farington second ground project, which was approved earlier this month, subject to final Government approval. We thank the BDP for their support of our pre-season tour to India with Thunder – another historic moment for the club – as we take our professional women’s set up to Reliance Park in Mumbai (India) for a week-long training camp.”

Remarked Gavin Elliot, Principal at BDP, “We have worked with the team at Lancashire Cricket for over 15 years now so everyone at BDP is so proud to see the Emirates Old Trafford develop into the world- class, multipurpose venue that it is today, with further development on the horizon. Both the BDP and Lancashire Cricket have very similar core values and have both grown significantly together over the past 15 years, so I’m delighted that we have extended that relationship by becoming a partner of the club. With a studio in the region, India is an important growth market for the BDP, so I am hugely excited to be in Mumbai alongside Lancashire Cricket to attend my first WPL fixture and connecting networking event.”

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the national governing body of cricket in India, and its headquarter is situated at the cricket centre near the 33,500-capacity Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

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