Essex cricket ground development plans go on show

Essex cricketers and staff look at plans for proposed redevelopment Credit: Ashley Neave, Essex CCC

Work to redevelop Essex County Cricket's headquarters in Chelmsford is set to start in the Spring.

The club has also announced that its naming rights partnership with Ford is to end for the 2013 cricket season, with ground to be called the Essex County Ground or the ECG. The company's links with Essex CCC will continue, however, as a vehicle provider.

Essex have been working in partnership with Birmingham based company MCD on plans to transform the stadium in New Writtle Street. The scheme drawn up includes the wholesale redevelopment of the cricket facilities, including four high quality residential towers overlooking Chelmsford's Central Park and the cricket ground itself.

The scheme also incorporates a new public piazza, restaurants and coffee shops and a bridge across the river linking the whole development directly to the City centre.

Players and staff had an opportunity to see models of the proposed developments at a news conference at the Essex County Ground.

Keith Brown, Treasurer of Essex County Cricket Club said, "The agreements we will be signing with our development partner MCD and Chelmsford City Council enables the first phase of the development to commence in the Spring.”