The £24million redevelopment of Edgbaston Cricket Ground looks set to go ahead as construction group, Galliford Try plc has been appointed preferred bidder on the project.

Galliford Try will provide the design and construction of the redevelopment of the stadium at the Edgbaston Road End to provide world class player and media facilities.

The new section will seat 8,250 spectators and replaces the existing member's area, which had a capacity of just under 5,000. The stadium will remain in continuous use throughout the construction process.

Edgbaston was host to the third Ashes Test in 2009 which ended in a hard fought draw between England and Australia. England went on to win the series 2-1 overall, spectacularly reclaiming the Ashes in the final Test.

Greg Fitzgerald, Galliford Try Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted to have secured another significant contract in the sports facilities sector.

“This follows Galliford Try’s successful completion of the All England Lawn Tennis Club’s Centre Court redevelopment at Wimbledon and more recently the completion of the Caterpillar Stand at Leicester Tigers Rugby Club’s Welford Road stadium - the UK’s largest dedicated club rugby stadium.

“This latest contract to build first class facilities fit for International cricket further demonstrates our market position in this sector.”

Warwickshire's Chief Executive, Colin Povey said: “We were very impressed by the professional approach of Galliford Try and look forward to working with the company to provide world class cricket facilities.”

Building work on site is set to start in March 2010 and is expected to be completed in July 2011.

Posted on 11/01/2010