Edgbaston International Cricket Stadium
Warwickshire County Cricket Club, owners of Edgbaston, commissioned an upgrade and redevelopment of the site, in a bid to secure its future status as an internationally renowned stadium. The proposal incorporated a modern, mixed-use complex containing state-of-the-art playing facilities with 5 new floodlights, over 8,000 spectator seats, along with world-class media, hospitality and exhibition facilities.
Externally, the centrepiece of the club is an imposing, royal blue branded, angular façade that houses the hospitality and banqueting suite. In contrast to the curved lines and muted palette of the stadium, the striking entrance dominates the wider grounds and sits proud of the main structure on four angular pillars, to create a canopy over the double-height visitor entrance. The vibrant blue panels and juxtaposed windows create a strong visual identity, ensuring the stadium and Edgbaston brand are instantly recognisable to visitors.
The main stand incorporates four tiers of new seating and spectator facilities are centred around the main test wicket. An education centre is located on the first floor and the conference suite can cater for up to 700 guests. A central viewing platform designed to accommodate the media, can hold over 200 broadcast and print journalists and provides unparalleled views of the game. The addition of 5 new, permanent floodlights ensures the grounds are illuminated to full effect delivering the best possible experience for players and spectators alike.
The new facilities increase ground capacity to 25,000 spectators, for domestic and international cricket.
Team members from Vincent & Brown designed and project-led the new facility, in 2009, from the initial concept stages through to RIBA Stage E (Planning and Technical Design), whilst at a former practice.
Warkickshire County Cricket Club