Edgbaston Stadium total transformation begins



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Birmingham Edgbaston Stadium update Jan 2021 Image: Warwickshire County Cricket Club

With an infusion of pound 93 million, works have begun to transform land at Birmingham’s world-renowned Edgbaston Stadium (UK) with the raising of 375 top of the mark apartments – ‘The Edgbaston Residences’ – in the surrounding land.

Spread over four acres of land in Pershore Road, the development includes a new entrance plaza, car parking facilities, and retail and entertainment spaces covering 20,000 sq ft on the ground floor of the built to rent (BTR) residential complex.

All works are expected to be completed in the second half of 2023 with the plaza, landscaping and car parking works to be completed by Spring 2022 when Edgbaston hosts the 2022 Commonwealth Games’ women’s T20 tournament and a men’s Test match between England and South Africa.

Edgbaston Cricket Ground, also known as the County Ground or Edgbaston Stadium, is a cricket ground in the Edgbaston area of Birmingham, England (UK). It is home to Warwickshire County Cricket Club and its T20 team Birmingham Bears.

Housing Minister Christopher Pincher MP remarked, “I am delighted that work has begun on the second phase of the transformation of Edgbaston Stadium, which will lead to over 370 new homes for local people in Birmingham, with retail and leisure opportunities to support a thriving local economy.”

Pincher added, “It is a top priority for this Government to unlock new homes for more people and we will always support schemes which deliver the well-designed, quality homes the country needs.”

Warwickshire County Cricket Club and PATRIZIA AG have awarded the contract to UK-based multidisciplinary construction services Winvic Construction to begin the £93 million project work.

Germany-based PATRIZIA AG, a global professional real estate investment company purchased the residential site next to the Pershore Road where the project will come up.

Mark Jones, Winvic’s Director of Multi-room, commented, “The Residences BTR project and redevelopment works for Warwickshire CCC are both exciting schemes in different ways, and winning these contracts illustrates Winvic’s breadth of experience across the various areas of construction. Winvic is as comfortable delivering 18-stories of luxury apartments for PATRIZIA and highways works for Warwickshire CCC as it is creating over 76,000 sq ft of car parking and a large piazza which will be welcoming people to watch the Commonwealth Games in 18 months. We have already built a great relationship with these two new clients and we’re looking forward to exceeding their expectations.”

Craig Flindall, Chief Operating Officer, Warwickshire CCC, stated, “Despite the barriers created by the COVID pandemic and national lockdowns, we have been able to navigate a way through and are delighted that we can now get this major redevelopment project underway, which will transform our stadium footprint and the surrounding facilities.”

“It has taken great efforts to keep things moving in the current climate, but with work getting started by our construction partner Winvic ensures that key elements of the project will be completed ahead of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and everything will be completed by Autumn 2023. Later this year, we intend to reveal plans for the third phase of the Edgbaston Masterplan, which will include the next phase of the redevelopment of the stadium,” Flindall added.

In the first phase of the Edgbaston Masterplan, the new South and West stands were constructed along with some world class facilities for spectators, hospitality guests, players and match officials, between 2010 and 2011 at a cost of £32 million, partly paid for from a £20 million loan from the Birmingham City Council.

The redevelopment increased the ground’s capacity by up to 25,000. With five permanent floodlight pylons being erected around the arena at the same time, 15 days of day-night cricket could be played, annually.

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