Cox Architecture appointed for SCG upgrade

Jan 23, 2012
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Cox Architecture has been appointed for the second stage of the redevelopment of Sydney Cricket Ground. Cox will serve as lead architects for the venue’s new $186m Northern Stand, which will replace the stadium’s existing Noble, Bradman and Messenger stands.

Cox’s proposal for the new Northern Stand “will be designed as a pavilion to complement the SCG’s legacy and heritage,” says the studio. The firm’s Sports Director Alastair Richardson added: “Cox Architecture is delighted to be part of the redevelopment of this unique cricket ground. The twenty-first century cricket stadium is being defined by the changing shape of the game.”

Richardson continued: “The Northern Stand redevelopment will celebrate the heritage of the Sydney Cricket Ground while showcasing the next evolution of stadia design and leading cricket’s future.”

The NSW state government is providing $86m in funding for the project, with an additional $50m each pledged by the federal government and the Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust.

Announcing the plans for the redevelopment earlier this month, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell said the new stand would increase capacity from 45,000 to just under 48,000.

The first stage of the SCG redevelopment was completed in 2008, when the Victor Trumper Stand – a four-level stand in the south-east corner of the SCG, also designed by Cox Architecture – opened.

Work on the Northern Stand is due to begin in March, with completion expected in time for The Ashes Tour in January 2014.

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