Published: 5th August, 2015
Surrey CCC are pleased to announce the details of a new 6,300 capacity stand development that will complete the modernisation of the Kia Oval by replacing the Peter May and Lock Stand in time for the 2016 season.
Planning permission for the project, which will add 1,300 seats to make the ground’s new capacity of 25,300, as well as providing a wide range of new facilities for Members and fans, was granted in early June and building work will start immediately at the conclusion of the 2015 season and be completed by May 1st 2016.
The new stand will retain the name of Peter May, one of the greatest captains in the history of Surrey CCC and a boyhood hero to an entire generation of cricket fans. The neighbouring stand, currently the Laker Stand, will be renamed the Lock/Laker Stand to pay tribute to the enduring spin partnership between Jim Laker and Tony Lock that helped May deliver such success to the club in the 1950s.
As well as the seating capacity, the space beneath the stand will create a large concourse for the Kia Oval with many new toilets bars and catering facilities which will further improve the customer experience for the many hundreds of thousands of cricket supporters that visit the Kia Oval every summer.
The development will cost in the region of £10m with funding provided from three sources. A large percentage will be taken from club reserves with the remainder coming partly from a traditional bank loan and partly from a Surrey CCC mini bond that will be issued on Monday August 17th. Please click here for more information on this.
As with the recent additions to the OCS Stand, the back of the stand will be capped off with a terrace – although in the Peter May Stand it will be covered by a newly created roof garden. For all Surrey matches this will become an additional Members’ area, giving club members the opportunity to relax and watch cricket from the elevated Roof Garden.
Following consultation with local residents and great feedback on the successful ‘Living Wall’ that has now graced the OCS Stand for a decade, the club will create a similar feature on the outside of the new Peter May Stand.
The stand has been designed by Rolf Judd architects and will be built by Bennetts, the same firm that erected the award winning extension to the Members’ Pavilion in 2013 and the ‘wings’ that were recently added to the OCS Stand.
Speaking this week, Surrey CCC Chief Executive Richard Gould said:
“We’re delighted to be able to press ahead with this development, which will complete the process of modernising the Kia Oval that was begun with the construction of the Bedser Stand in the 1990s and the OCS Stand in 2004.
“As well as increasing the capacity of the stadium it will also provide much needed new facilities and a large area to congregate with friends and move around the ground.
“We need this extra capacity to help try and fulfil demand for cricket in London. Whilst England internationals historically bring in very large crowds at The Kia Oval, the great story of the last 2 years has been huge upturn in the number of people coming to watch county cricket. Surrey CCC has seen a 26% increase in T20 Blast crowds even compared to last year with attendances averaging 20,000 and many Friday nights in June and July selling out completely.”
Come back to the official Surrey CCC website over the coming months for updates on the development’s progress and further exciting announcements about details of the project!