Edgbaston Cricket Ground redevelopment - June update

Following my previous update, (Edg)ing towards completion, on the redevelopment of Edgbaston Cricket Ground here is an update showing the site from the 21st and 23rd June with the photos of the 23rd showing the completion of the Edgbaston signage.

21st June.

23rd June.

The photos show the stand nearing completion with it due to open next month and to be officially opened by His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh on the 25th July. The opening isn't the end of the work however with the task of paying back £20 million to Birmingham City Council which loaned it money to support the redevelopment, http://www.birminghampost.net/midlands-birmingham-sport/west-midlands-sports/cricket-news/2011/06/23/new-look-edgbaston-cricket-ground-well-placed-to-tackle-financial-burden-says-povey-65233-28932228/.

Part of Edgbaston's plan to repay some of the loan is through a mixed use development by MCD Developments surrounding the site which will include homes, offices, shops and a hotel on land around the ground. This would include 79 houses and 183 apartments which would bring a population of around 500 people to the site of which 148 of the apartments would be set aside for student accommodation, http://www.birminghampost.net/news/west-midlands-news/2011/06/21/homes-and-offices-plan-for-edgbaston-cricket-ground-dubbed-a-disaster-65233-28910265/#ixzz1Pw4b17wj.

The plans however are likely to continue facing local opposition from local residents who see increased traffic and disruption from more residents and more use of the ground despite the improvements allowing Edgbaston to continue to host international matches and bring in more visitors to the city; Test Matches are estimated to generate £10 million a year for the city economy.


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