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Edgbaston £30m development appeal hurdle cleared

The redevelopment of Edgbaston cricket ground is to go ahead after a late bid to prevent the £30 million project was rejected by the Court of Appeal.

Residents’ concerns about the impact the redevelopment would have on their home and the scale of the building had taken their case to the court, but their legal effort failed and Warwickshire County Cricket Club said work would continue as planned, with a view to completion in summer 2011.

Galliford Try were appointed preferred bidder on the job last month.

The ground’s capacity will be boosted to 25,000 with a major new stand on the south side, while a 500-guest capacity banqueting suite and new member’s areas will be built, completely altering the appearance of the ground.

A new pavilion area, containing state-of-the-art facilities for players, officials and the media, will be constructed on the site of the already demolished old pavilion and conference suite.

WCCC chief executive Colin Povey said: “The redevelopment of the ground is critical to ensure Edgbaston keeps its competitive edge and remains a worthy contender in the race to secure international matches.

“The result is not only fantastic news for us, our players, members and cricket fans, but also for the economy of the West Midlands.”