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Morgan Sindall returns to Old Trafford

4 Nov 11 Morgan Sindall has signed a £12.3m contract to build two new grandstands at Old Trafford cricket ground.

This is the contractor's second project for Lancashire County Cricket Club, having built the £12m conference and events venue, The Point, which opened last year.

In the next phase in the redevelopment of the ground, Morgan Sindall will build two new grandstands with a combined capacity of more than 7,000 seats and a four-storey player and media centre.

Ground-clearing work is already underway and the first foundations are now being laid.  Work to this phase will be complete in the summer of 2012, well in time for The Ashes to return to Old Trafford in 2013.

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Morgan Sindall managing director Dave Smith said: “This job does present some interesting challenges, particularly as we can only access one of the new stands from one particular end of the site. Construction works are restricted by the pitch itself which is located to the front of the stand and the live Metrolink railway immediately to the rear.  We’ve developed a very tight schedule of works to maximise the time available and minimise disruption for visitors to the ground.”

Lancashire CCC chief executive Jim Cumbes said: “2011 has been a very significant year for us. We’ve won the county championship, secured the Ashes for 2013 and received the final seal of approval to proceed with our redevelopment.

“Our focus is now on transforming Old Trafford into a world class venue and we’re delighted to have a best in class construction partner to help us achieve that. I was absolutely delighted when Morgan Sindall won the contract through the OJEU process, as they did such an excellent job with The Point”.

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