Success of the Ashes at LCCC

The new revitalised, renamed and radically transformed Emirates Old Trafford, Lancashire County Cricket Club hosted the Ashes 2013 with England victorious following many memorable and controversial moments.  The Lancashire venue has hosted some of the most exciting matches in cricket history.

The £20m redevelopment of the Old Trafford cricket ground has metamorphosed the historic venue into one of the country’s premier sporting destinations with two new grandstands, a revamp of the existing pavilion (with 15,000 seats extendable to 25,000 seats), state of the art new player and media facilities, a big screen and advanced floodlighting.  The wicket was also re-orientated to run north-south for the first time in 150 years. The new facilities were set to the highest new standards for International cricket providing a host of new educational and training opportunities for the local community.

Hulley and Kirkwood provided the M&E design system with sustainable features such as rainwater harvesting; solar hot water, low energy lighting, super insulation and inverter driven displacement ventilation. To provide the flexibility required, large power supplies were distributed within the raised floors to serve each of the suite split options; there are lighting control systems to each area and an in house PA system for speech and background music.

H&K also provided the design of the new permanent floodlighting system consisting of four 53 metre high masts each with 107 No. 1.5kW lamp “Green Generation” luminaires. Spill light was a key concern for this installation, not least due to its neighbouring residential situation; this has been successfully dealt with using luminaire light direction controllers and gun-sight aiming of the point sources.