Partnership strengthens links between Lancashire Cricket and architect

Lancashire Cricket has struck a new commercial partnership with internationally renowned architectural, engineering and design practice, BDP.

The firm has worked with the club over the past 15 years on the redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford.

BDP (Building Design Partnership), which has offices worldwide, has been Lancashire Cricket’s architects since 2008 when redevelopment at Emirates Old Trafford originally commenced.

Historically known as one of the world’s oldest and most historic international cricket stadiums, a decade-long, £60m redevelopment has led to a new era at Emirates Old Trafford, with a host of award-winning facilities, making it one of the most all encompassing venues in Manchester.

This will mark a milestone year for the historic stadium with the latest Emirates Old Trafford redevelopment project, once again led by BDP, which includes a 100-room hotel extension to the current Hilton Garden Inn.

BDP has also assisted the club in the design and development of Lancashire’s second ground project, based in Farington, which was approved earlier this month, subject to final government approval.

The development will provide Lancashire Cricket with a ground which includes two ovals, outdoor nets and a pavilion, that can be used throughout the year with top quality facilities to ensure the continued development of the men’s and women’s professional squads, as well as the age-group and academy programmes, while also providing opportunities for community use.

As part of the agreement, BDP will sponsor the club’s networking event in Mumbai next week (March 20) – as part of Thunder’s historic pre-season tour to India, where the squad will be based at Reliance Park, home of the Mumbai Indians.

Daniel Gidney, Lancashire Cricket chief executive, said: “We have worked with BDP for a long time, so we’re thrilled that they have further enhanced their relationship with Lancashire Cricket by becoming an official partner during 2023.

“They have played a pivotal role in the £60m redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford that we have seen over the past decade, and they are also working closely with us on the Farington second ground project, which was approved earlier this month, subject to final government approval.

“We thank BDP for their support of our pre-season tour to India next week with Thunder – another historic moment for the club – as we take our professional women’s set up to Reliance Park in Mumbai for a week-long training camp.”

Gavin Elliot, principal at BDP, said: “We have worked with the team at Lancashire Cricket for over 15 years now so everyone at BDP is so proud to see Emirates Old Trafford develop into the world class, multi-purpose venue that it is today, with further development on the horizon.

“Both BDP and Lancashire Cricket have very similar core values and have both grown significantly together over the past 15 years, so I’m delighted that we have extended that relationship by becoming a partner of the club.

“With a studio in the region, India is an important growth market for BDP, so I am hugely excited to go out to Mumbai next week alongside Lancashire Cricket to attend my first WPL fixture and connecting networking event.”

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