Construction firm Beard has been awarded a £1.6 million contract to build and refurbish the existing facilities at Guildford Cricket Club’s pavilion.
The pavilion, which was built in 1938, will be upgraded to create new larger, more contemporary changing rooms and a modernised events space, connected to a viewing balcony.
The project will see the creation of a new, wheelchair-accessible layout of the building, with a new ground floor lobby and a lift to the first and second floors. The building will also feature an additional second floor with an external seating area, a meeting room and bar.
“This scheme will upgrade one of Guildford’s best-loved clubs,”
Contracts Manager for Beard Guildford, Trevor Smallpiece, commented: “This scheme will upgrade one of Guildford’s best-loved clubs, providing modern new facilities which everyone will be able to access and enjoy.
“We are pleased to be working with Guildford Borough Council on this fantastic new building refurbishment which is due for completion in July next year.”
Architects practice Rolfe Judd says that the extention has been “sensitively designed to complement the current building and will incorporate smart timber cladding across the extended north front. Modern external stairs will replace the dated staircase.
Robert Charles, chairman of Guildford Cricket Club, added: “This is a tremendously exciting project. The new pavilion will make Woodbridge Road into a superb cricket ground, worthy of hosting first class and top-level club cricket. It will also be a fantastic facility for the local community.”
The new pavilion is expected to be completed at some point in 2017, and it is an exciting prospect for both the cricketers and fans alike as they await the new facilities.
Earlier this year, Beard appointed David Sershall as managing director as it seeks to maintain its strong growth.
Sershall joined the family-owned business from Hertfordshire-based engineering and construction company VolkerFitzpatrick, where he was managing director of the building division.