Published: 25th April, 2018
Surrey CCC this week applied for planning permission for the redevelopment of the Lock/Laker Stand, which is set to increase the capacity of the Kia Oval to 28,000 seats.
The news was announced by Chairman Richard Thompson to Members at tonight’s Surrey CCC AGM, during which CGI pictures of the final design were also shown for the first time.
The new Lock/Laker stand will increase the capacity of the ground to around 28,000, adding 2,500 seats. The development will see the existing Peter May Stand extended around to link to the Micky Stewart Members’ Pavilion with two tiers, including further roof terracing, added above.
There will also be an extension to the Micky Stewart Members’ Pavilion, by adding an extra wing to the original building, built in the 1890s, which will make it fully symmetrical when viewed from the Vauxhall End of the ground and add new rooms for Members’ use on match days.
As well as the extra match day capacity, the new development will see a new facility constructed for the club’s Conference and Events business, allowing the ground to host larger events with scope for over 700 guests that will allow for extensive further development in non match-day events at the Kia Oval.
The application was submitted after a lengthy consultation with the residential community around the Kia Oval and Lambeth Council. The architects for the scheme are Rolfe Judd, a practice headquartered on Claylands Road, five minutes walk from the Kia Oval, who also designed the new Peter May Stand that was opened in 2016.
Should planning permission be granted later this year, construction is planned to begin after the 2019 winter and be completed, in two phases, by the start of the 2021 summer of cricket.
Surrey CCC Chief Executive Richard Gould said: “Ever since announcing our plan to expand the Kia Oval in order to meet the increasing demand we are encountering for international and domestic cricket, we have been working towards this moment.
“As well as adding 2,500 extra seats to the ground, this development will provide vital new facilities to help the club continue to build on the recent growth that has been driven in our conference and event business.
“I would like to thank the local residents we worked with on the design of the scheme, as well as other club stakeholders for their help and support in the preparation of this application.”
Club Posts Record Profits
It was also announced at the AGM that the 2017/18 financial year saw Surrey CCC post record profits of £3.6m.
As per the club’s structure as a Members’ club, all profits will be reinvested into Surrey CCC and the continued development of the Kia Oval.
The results come on the back of a superb season in 2017, where the ground hosted ten One Day Internationals – including the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy – and the 100th Test in its 173 year history, which was won by England after Moeen Ali took the first ever Test Match hat trick at the ground.
There was also further growth in the T20 Blast and club Membership – with five out of seven sell outs for domestic T20 Blast matches and a continued increase in Surrey CCC Membership across all categories.
Off the field, the club’s Conference and Events business also achieved a record year, posting sales of £4.92m and staging over 1,300 events throughout the year.
Surrey CCC Chairman Richard Thompson said: “The last year was a superb year for the club and these financial results – the largest profits in our club’s history – are testament to the committed and successful work of our entire staff.
“Generating profits like these enable us to maintain and increase the investment in our playing squad and our work to create new generations of Surrey and England cricketers. Results like last week’s win over Hampshire, where we had seven Academy graduates in the XI – with many playing vital roles in the victory – just underscore the importance of maintaining this investment.
“The profits will also allow the club to continue its work to improve and grow the Kia Oval. As we saw last year with the 100th Test, our ground is one of the most historic and storied in world sport. What this helps us do is to bring that heritage with us as we modernise and create a world leading cricket ground in the heart of London.”