KSS-CCG world class cricket center plans


Antigua and Barbuda West Indies new stadium by KSS Image: CWI

Architecture and design practice KSS (UK) have announced that they are working with the Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG), home of West Indies Cricket, on a major development to transform the International Cricket Council (ICC)- accredited facility into a truly state-of-the-art cricket and cultural heritage center.

The ‘KSS’ stated that CCG will become a world class center of cricket with linkages to several other smaller cricket academies across the region, hosting training camps and player remedial work as well as stage international matches at all levels. This will include an Emerging Players Academy and the construction of an ultra-modern indoor/outdoor facility with several inputs for players’ preparation, including medical, training, fitness, and gym facilities.

KSS is an award-winning AJ100 architecture and design practice. With offices in Central London and Kent (UK), it is one of the leading sports stadia and training center architects with a strong presence in residential, education, commercial, hospitality, and workplace.

Andy Simons, Founding Director, KSS, UK, is a Member of Coliseum – Global Sports Venue Alliance.

The 5,000-capacity Coolidge Cricket Ground is a cricket ground in Osbourn, Saint George Parish, Antigua and Barbuda (country in the Caribbean). It was previously known as the Airport Cricket Ground, before it was taken over by American businessman and cricket enthusiast Allen Stanford, rebuilt in 2004 and named the Stanford Cricket Ground.

Dubai (UAE)-based the International Cricket Council (ICC) is the world governing body of cricket. It was founded as the Imperial Cricket Conference in 1909 by representatives from Australia, England and South Africa. It was renamed as the International Cricket Conference in 1965, and took up its current name in 1987.

The ‘KSS’ further stated that last week, the CCG announced its appointment within a design collective consisting of CJC + Associates Inc and Melon Design Architecture to design and develop a transformational high-performance, world-class concept masterplan.

Remarked Ricky Skerritt, President of Cricket West Indies (CWI) (governing body for cricket in the West Indies) and Chairman of CCG, “We were hugely impressed by the quality of all the responses for our Request for Proposals. But the level of information showcased in the design collective proposal was both impressive and inspiring. The winners have shown exceptional talent and promise, and aligned well with CWI’s vision to create a uniquely West Indian and world class cricket and heritage center.”

Infrastructural works for the redevelopment project are expected to commence later this year on the 20-acre facility.

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