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Surrey Cricket plots £50m Oval expansion

Surrey County Cricket Club has revealed plans to make the Oval in south London the largest cricket stadium in the UK.

The club has announced it will expand the Oval’s capacity to 40,000, up from 25,500, with the construction of a new stand and the enlargement of one of its existing stands.

Surrey plans to replace the existing Bedser Stand with a new facility, which could add up to 8,000 seats, while the existing OCS Stand will also be expanded as part of the £50m plans.

The club already has planning permission for a large development next to its pavilion, 1 Oval Square, which could also be able to incorporate additional stadium capacity and facilities.

Once plans are brought forward, the club aims to start construction of the redevelopment at the end of 2019, and plans to complete it in time for the Ashes series in 2023.

Surrey CCC chairman Richard Thompson said the club was “ideally situated” to push forward with its growth plans, citing ongoing major developments in Nine Elms and Battersea as a potential boost to the club’s attendances.

”We are starting to see the benefits of the Battersea Nine Elms expansion, which is delivering another 21,000 homes to our immediate neighbourhood and adding to the population of London,” he said.

“We have already received a positive response from early discussions with the ECB and our landlord, the Duchy of Cornwall. We will now work up more detailed proposals and financial models to share with our wider group of stakeholders.”

The club has released a masterplan image (pictured), which it says will act as a design template for future projects at the ground.

Earlier this year, fellow London cricket ground Lords unveiled its new £25m Warner Stand, which was built by Bam Construct.

And at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester, Galliford Try is now putting the finishing touches to a new £12m hotel and stand, which is due to complete this month.

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