Old Trafford construction plans submitted

old-trafford-cricket-groundPlans for the next stage of a huge multimillion-pound redevelopment of Old Trafford cricket ground and its surrounding area have been submitted by Lancashire and its partners.

The proposals to Trafford Council – part of a 50-acre project at the ground and nearby area – aim to include a Tesco store featuring around 100,000 square feet of retail sales floorspace with a view to creating more than 500 jobs – half of which would be guaranteed for the local long-term unemployed.

It is believed the development will generate around £70 million of investment into Trafford and attract an extra 71,000 visitors to the venue every year.

Lancashire chief executive Jim Cumbes said: “The club makes a huge contribution to the local and regional economy and is a critical part of the region’s international sporting infrastructure.

“The significant investment in the new facilities will ensure Old Trafford regains its rightful place on the Test Match circuit in time for the 2013 Ashes Test.”

The first phase of the development is already under way, with a new conference and events suite under construction and due for completion in July 2010.

The second phase includes enhancing the existing pavilion and adding new player and media facilities – as well as an indoor school extension – in an attempt to successfully marry the ground’s tradition with innovation.

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