Approval for the new Lock Laker Stand at The Kia Oval
Surrey County Cricket Club’s ambitious plans for The Kia Oval reached another key milestone this week. Lambeth Council have approved our proposals for the new Lock Laker Stand and linked conferencing and hospitality building (known as One Oval Square). This approval forms part of the Club’s long-term objective to improve the capacity and facilities at this world famous and highly cherished ground.
“We are delighted to have once again helped Surrey County Cricket Club in their efforts to enhance the status of The Kia Oval as a major international sporting venue. The high quality scheme provides additional seating and a much improved visitor experience within the ground. It also greatly increases the ability to hold Conferences and Events, providing a major boost to the local economy throughout the year.”
Philip Dunphy, Associate Director, Rolfe Judd Planning
The design involves the redevelopment of the existing Lock Laker Stand to provide a new three tier stand that will cantilever over the existing single terrace Peter May Stand, which we obtained approval for in 2015. The new stand will increase the capacity of the ground to nearly 28,000 and will greatly enhance the match-day experience for spectators, including new bar and toilet areas, a covered concourse and two new roof terraces. The stand will connect through to the Locally Listed Micky Stewart Member’s Pavilion building and will also link to the year round conferencing and event spaces in the new four storey One Oval Square building.
We have been advising the Club for a number of years on its wider plans to upgrade the stadium. Following the completion of the new Peter May Stand in 2016, we continue to work with them on their future vision. Overall, the ground has the potential to accommodate a capacity of over 36,000, which would make it the largest cricket ground in the country.
Construction of this approved scheme is scheduled to begin in October 2019, immediately after the conclusion of the cricket season. It will be phased over one and a half years and is due to be completed by the start of the 2021 season.