A handing-over ceremony on 18 June marked the occasion and was attended by officials from Lancashire County Cricket Club, Morgan Sindall and design partners BDP.
The new four-storey Pavilion houses the Club’s reception, hospitality areas and other Club facilities. New hospitality suites have been built on the second floor, while the third floor houses a showpiece room – the 1864 Suite and also the Club’s boardroom. The uppermost level of the fourth floor contains nine glass-fronted executive boxes which have their own external balcony space and offer unparalleled views out over the cricket pitch, Manchester and the Pennines beyond.
Chairman of Lancashire County Cricket Club, Michael Cairns OBE, said: “The Pavilion is the heart of Emirates Old Trafford and Lancashire County Cricket Club, and we are delighted with the outcome. It complements The Point, the Players and Media Centre and the two new grandstands. It has first class amenities, not only for our Members, but also for hospitality guests on match days and provides superb facilities for business use on non-match days.”
The Pavilion will provide brand new state-of-the-art facilities for LCCC Members, guests and business delegates. It will be able to accommodate up to 700 delegates utilising eight suites and nine executive boxes. The flexibility offered by the venue for meetings and events will expand Emirates Old Trafford’s business offerings and further enhance the facilities already provided by The Point.
Barry Roberts, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “We’re delighted to have completed and handed over such a prestigious project. We are privileged to have been the principal contractor on such an iconic building, having delivered a redevelopment that marries the building’s character and heritage with up-to-date facilities for club members and visitors.”
Gavin Elliott, chairman of the BDP’s Manchester Studio, said: “The Pavilion is the emotional heart of the cricket club, and throughout the design process we have worked with the club to ensure we strike a balance between creating a state-of-the-art sporting venue that respects the emotional attachment many have for the ‘old’ Pavilion. The Pavilion has been restored to its rightful place as the physical and symbolic centre-piece of the new ground.”
Lancashire County Cricket Club Members got their first glimpse of the Pavilion and its first class facilities later in the day when Lancashire Lightning beat Scotland in the Yorkshire Bank 40 at Emirates Old Trafford.