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Ground development planning continues after business plan praise

DerbyThree months since Derbyshire Members voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new streamlined Supervisory Board – behind the scenes discussions regarding plans to develop the County Ground are intensifying.

The Club’s business plan was praised by the ECB as one of the strongest submitted by any of the 18 First Class Counties as Derbyshire were granted the £1million ground development fund.

Some £300,000 of this funding has already been received and – after reviewing a number of submissions - architects Pick Everard have been appointed, alongside project managers Armsons, to oversee plans for the proposed development.

Both firms are long-established in Derbyshire with experience of working on a variety of schemes including projects in the sport and community sectors.

Derbyshire CCC, meanwhile, is pursuing other funding sources to augment the £1m and allow the Club to press ahead with:

(i)            Attempting to acquire the freehold of The Gateway Centre
(ii)           The building of a new Media Centre
(iii)           To develop improved facilities for Members, supporters and business partners.

Chairman Chris Grant said: "We're delighted to be working with two local Derbyshire firms who bring strong experience to the table.

“It is important that we now use the funding wisely and develop realistic plans to improve the County Ground. We will continue, meanwhile, to work hard in identifying additional sources of revenue to reinforce the ECB income.   

“Members can be assured that any development will not over-burden us with debt as doing so would only impede our ability to channel increased off-field revenues into the playing side.”

Armsons Director Ian Cooper said: "We are delighted to have been appointed by Derbyshire County Cricket Club as project managers and cost consultants for their exciting ground development scheme.  As a Derby-based practice, we are proud to be involved in the resurgence of our County Cricket Club and its headquarters at the County Ground.”

Pick Everard Director Ian Goodwin added: “We are pleased to be selected from a strong field of national practices as the Architects for this prestigious local project.

“We look forward to working closely with the Cricket Club to produce a ground that is worthy of high class cricket.”

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