In Photos: One Oval Square site

Published: 18th May, 2020

The development of the One Oval Square site at the Pavilion End of The Kia Oval continues to make progress.

While there will be no cricket at the ground before 1 July and Surrey’s players have kept fit at home, construction work has continued, adhering to strict social distancing and safety guidelines.

The new stand, situated between the Micky Stewart Members’ Pavilion and the Peter May Stand will boost capacity to 28,000, provide improved Members’ facilities and more state-of-the-art conference & events spaces.

These photos, taken late last week at The Kia Oval, demonstrate the stage the project has reached.

Speaking at the Club’s first ever Online Members Forum last month, Chief Executive Richard Gould said of the development: “I can give assurance that the new stand will be completed. We knew what expenditure was due to go out this year for the new stand and it is a big project. It is £31m and we’ve made sure we’ve got the finance in place and cash flow in order to deliver on that. That’s not to say that we are taking thing for granted in these new worlds. The project is currently on budget.

“In terms of schedule, there is going to be a delay. We were due to finish in mid-March 2021, but the Covid-19 situation has slowed down manufacturing in the UK so whilst we’ve been able to keep people on site, there was a three-week period where steel wasn’t able to be delivered to the ground. We had a bit of a shortage on concrete also, so we haven’t been working at full speed however we think that the Members’ facilities will be available by mid-April 2021. From the beginning of next season, we are still expecting the Members’ areas of the new stand to be ready.”

Elsewhere at The Kia Oval, Head Groundsman Lee Fortis has continued to keep the playing areas in top condition and insists practise facilities can be ready with a week’s notice.

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