Work begins on Derbyshire County Ground development

Development work has officially got underway at Derbyshire’s County Ground as Chairman Chris Grant, fast-bowler Mark Footitt and representatives of the key contractors launched the project today. It is due for completion in time for the start of the 2015 season.


(L to R): Kevin Taylor (Derwent Valley Construction), Ian Goodwin (Pick Everard Architect), Neil Smith (Derwent Valley Construction), Chris Grant (Derbyshire CCC Chairman), Andrew Stone (Derwent Valley Construction), Mark Footitt (Derbyshire Fast Bowler), Ian Cooper (Armsons), Ryan Duckett (Cricket Derbyshire) (Photo Credit: D Griffin Photography)

The project includes the enovation of the Gateway Centre into a state of the art cricket centre of excellence and pavilion and the transformation of the Lund Pavilion to create better facilities for Members, supporters, sponsors and Conference & Events customers.

“After a robust planning process, we’re delighted that work on the first phase of our redevelopment is underway,” said Grant. “To fulfil our ambition for success on the field, we need first-class facilities for players, members, spectators and our business customers.

“On the cricket side, our ambition is for Derbyshire to become a leading destination for England Lions, Women’s Internationals and high profile tour matches.

“International standard facilities for players in the Gateway Centre will help achieve that, as well as assisting with the recruitment, retention and development of players in pursuit of success on the field.” he continued. “Meanwhile, great new exclusive facilities for our members to enjoy will be open for the 2015 season to those that join the Club during our Membership campaign which is already underway.

“Demand is high for those new executive facilities in particular with space limited to 100 members. People should contact the Club now to make sure of those best seats in the house for the 2015 season.

“Crucially those same facilities will also support growth in the Conference & Events arm of our business with the creation of a 300 seater state-of-the-art conference room with great parking, a fantastic view and an ideal location so close to the centre of Derby.”

James Buttler

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