KIA Oval, London

The Oval Cricket Ground in South London is the home of Surrey County Cricket Club. The Ground was originally established in 1845 and forms an essential part of the cultural and historic fabric of the Borough of Lambeth. To ensure the continued success as a sporting venue, the long term financial sustainability of the ground and enhance the Club’s commitment to the local community through sports education, the Club needed to ensure that the capacity and quality of the facilities on offer met the requirements of the ECB and the demands of the modern game. Therefore in 2001 the Club undertook a review of the facilities at The Oval.

Holmes Miller and its design team was appointed by the Club during 2003 to develop the design of the Vauxhall End.

The project, based on a concept by HOK SVE, consisted of the demolition of the existing stands at the Vauxhall End of the ground, and replacement with a modern Stand over 4 levels and a main curved roof and a landscaped living screen running around the public façade of the Stand. The Stand results in an increase in capacity from 18,500 to 23,000.

Client

Surrey County Cricket Club

Location

London

Completed

2005

Cost

£20m

Awards

GIA, Design Awards (Commendation 2005)
Structural Steel Design Awards (Commendation 2006)
LDSA Quality Awards 2006 – Winner Best Public/Community Project & Best Large Structural Innovation
Property Week Leisure Award – Best Commercial Leisure Scheme

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