Yorkshire’s Headingley Masterplan to be Colin Graves’ legacy

Yorkshire has unveiled ambitious plans to transform Headingley into ‘one of the finest cricket venues in the world’.

Drawing One

Aerial sketch of proposed redevelopment of Headingley Cricket Ground

They call it The Headingley Masterplan where the club will work with Leeds Rugby, Leeds City Council and DLA Architecture, to prepare for the phased redevelopment of the ground over the next 20 years. It’s a development, Yorkshire Chairman, Colin Graves, believes will be “his my lasting legacy” to Yorkshire cricket.

The scheme includes the installation of floodlights and the rebuilding of the North/South Stand, adjoining the rugby ground, which will become the centrepiece of the project. The capacity of the cricket ground will increase from 17,000 to 20,000 in the redevelopment.

Phase One - Erection of four permanent floodlight pylons.

Phase Two- The rebuild of the North/South Stand, in conjunction with Leeds Rugby, to incorporate a three-tiered seating area, which will accommodate 5,060 seats, enhanced corporate facilities and new permanent concession units.

New Pavilion to be built in the North West area of the stadium complex, adjacent to the current Carnegie Pavilion

New Pavilion to be built in the North West area of the stadium complex, adjacent to the current Carnegie Pavilion

Phase Three - To incorporate an additional 915 seats to the upper tier of the North East Stand with the possibility of a cantilever roof from the side of the Carnegie Pavilion to the existing scoreboard.

Phase Four - The development of a new Pavilion located in the North West area of the stadium complex. Built on five levels, the Pavilion will be adjacent to the existing Carnegie Pavilion. To include state-of-the-art corporate facilities, new dressing rooms for the players and coaching staff, Members’ Long Room and seating and the creation of a main entrance to the stadium on Kirkstall Lane.

Phase Five - The erection of a translucent cantilever roof to cover the White Rose Stand on the western side of the ground.

Phase Six - Landscaping on the White Rose Stand and North East stand concourses.

Proposed North/South Stand overlooking the Headingley Cricket Ground

Proposed North/South Stand overlooking the Headingley Cricket Ground

“This is the most ambitious project the Club and the venue will have undertaken since the ground was first established 125 years ago,” said Graves. “Our ambitions are clear - we want to create a stadium that is amongst finest in the world and enable Yorkshire to continue to stage major international fixtures over the long term.

“It is vital that we don’t lose sight of our objectives.” he added. “As other venues around the country continue to invest in their facilities, we cannot afford to standstill and expect that Headingley will always host international cricket. The stark reality is that if our stadium fails to evolve we will lose our Test Match status, which would be a devastating blow to the region.

“The Masterplan has been designed to provide a framework to enable us to achieve our objectives of improving facilities over a period of time and the phased approach allows room for flexibility and for the stadium complex to evolve over time. Providing the best facilities for our stakeholders, including members, corporate patrons and our playing staff is my driving force.

“These are all very exciting proposals and we will be working with local residents and all parties involved in these plans, as, together, we seek to make them a reality.

“I will be working tirelessly, alongside our partners, to ensure this project becomes a reality and my lasting legacy as Chairman of Yorkshire County Cricket Club.”

James Buttler

James has been working as a journalist and broadcaster in cricket since 2006 and was an avid fan for many years before that.
As the editor of World Cricket Badger he is intent on building the website to give quality coverage of the domestic game around the world.
He is also the presenter of the Cricket Badger Radio Show on Radio Yorkshire every Tuesday evening between 7-9pm UK time.
James was the full-time Media Manager at Yorkshire County Cricket Club between 2007 and 2010.
James is a published author, a writer/video contributor to many cricket publications and a complete cricket badger!

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