The construction of a spectacular new state-of-the-art pavilion incorporating a whole host of facilities and bringing massive improvements for players, spectators and visitors alike, is underway at Somerset County Cricket Club.
The new pavilion, which replaces the old pavilion which has been demolished, together with the old St James stand, has been hailed as a ‘brilliant addition to the ground’ by club chief executive Guy Lavender.
Construction of the new building is being undertaken by Main Contractors RG Spiller; Architects are LED Architects, and structural engineers are Gary Gabriel Associates.
“The selection of the main contractor has been a comprehensive and lengthy process with a range of companies interviewed from across the country. RG Spiller provided an outstanding proposal. They are a local company who take great pride in their work and I have every confidence that they will build a facility of which we can all be proud,” said Guy Lavender.
The new building will incorporate high-quality covered seating, a large bar and entertainment area, superb corporate facilities, spectator boxes, a world-class media centre and a magnificent roof top viewing area.
Senior Project Manager for the scheme, Rachel Price of Mace Group told Premier Construction:
“The new pavilion will make the club ground suitable for international cricket and also has a lot of domestic cricket facilities. It will bring the ground up to the standard required and give spectators an improved experience with many new features – the seating, for example, has been specially devised to ensure optimal views of the playing field.
“The new building will give players and spectators an opportunity to have a fantastic new updated facility. The old building, although very much loved, was getting rather tired, and the new build meets the needs of club members and visitors much better.
“It is fantastic to be working on this scheme which I have been involved with for around two years now. We went through a very detailed design process, and I am looking forward to seeing the building completed. It is very exciting to see work progressing.”
Work started in mid September 2014 and is due to be completed in mid September 2015. The project is on track at the moment, with the demolition of the old structures, piling and ground beams, concrete pour and steel frame construction completed by January 2015.
It is hoped that part of the pavilion will be ready for use during the closing stages of the 2015 season, with the entire facility fully opened for use from the beginning of the 2016 campaign.