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Work begins on new pavilion at Harpenden Cricket Club

PUBLISHED: 11:02 28 February 2019 | UPDATED: 16:24 28 February 2019

The design for Harpenden Cricket Club's new pavilion. Picture: Harpenden Cricket Club

The design for Harpenden Cricket Club's new pavilion. Picture: Harpenden Cricket Club

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After four years of planning, building work is underway on a new pavilion at Harpenden Cricket Club.

The design for Harpenden Cricket Club's new pavilion. Picture: Harpenden Cricket ClubThe design for Harpenden Cricket Club's new pavilion. Picture: Harpenden Cricket Club

Markyate-based building company Claridge and Hall moved onto the site on Wednesday, February 13 and aim to complete work before the start of the league cricket season in March.

The new structure will feature improvements to the changing rooms and lounge, as well as improving viewing facilities for club members.

Harpenden Cricket Club is the largest club in the county, and has more than 600 members, and runs six Saturday sides and 17 colts teams, including five girls’ sides.

Club president Geoff Newman said: “We have managed to achieve a design that will enable cricket to be played on the common for years to come.

“We are thrilled that we have at last got everything together both in terms of the plans and also the funding. It’s going to be great for everybody in Harpenden.

“A big thank you to the tenacity of the project team in making this happen and to Harpenden Town Council for its unerring support.”

The pavilion will also be available for the community to use outside the cricket season.

The project was funded through donations from club members and grants from Harpenden Trust and Harpenden Building Society.

Harpenden Cricket Club was given the green light to replace the existing 45-year-old pavilion in 2015, after the scheme was initially rejected by council officers.

Speaking about the old pavilion, Geoff said: “It was pretty much past its natural life. It was built in 1970 with about a 40-year life span. It was ready to come down.”

While the previous pavilion’s total floor area was 261 sq m, the new one will have a 20 per cent extension and a full refurbishment of the existing space.

The club also received new nets in May last year, as part of a long-term refurbishment project.

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