OWZAT! Edgbaston Stadium is set to get a new 18-storey tower on its boundary.
Work has begun to prepare the former residential land alongside Pershore Road for a giant new apartment block project costing £93 million.
The move will see hundreds of new local residents living within throwing distance of the home of the Bears.
Warwickshire County Cricket Club members with car park passes will still be able to use the site during the works.
Specialist drill teams are now doing preparatory work ready for the foundations to go in.
The entire scheme is expected to take more than two years to complete and will be the latest development that has seen the area transformed down the decades
Ten years ago, this stretch of Pershore Road was lined by a row of detached houses including a dentist.
After the properties were all boarded up prior to demolition, roses and weeds continued to populate the sun-soaked front gardens.
What is happening now?
Winvic Construction is the main contractor for the plan to build 375 “high-quality residential apartments” as part of a BTR (build to rent) scheme.
The new development will also include “new retail and leisure opportunities”.
Winvic is also building the plaza, too.
A joint partnership between Warwickshire County Cricket Club and PATRIZIA AG is behind the plan, with WCCC having retained part of the land – the nets area on the left-hand side as you enter Edgbaston.
Although the entire build will not be ready in time for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, the aim is to have the plaza, landscaping and car parking works all done by next Spring.
That’s when Edgbaston will host the women’s T20 tournament as well as a men’s Test match between England and South Africa.
The ground was first used under lease from Lord Calthorpe in 1886.
It was given Test status 120 years ago in 1902 when England hosted Austalia that year.
The first part of the Edgbaston Stadium masterplan saw one third of the original cricket stadium demolished at the start of a £32 million scheme to redevelop the South and West Stands.
Those new facilities were ready in time for the 2011 Test match against India which left England leading the ICC men’s Test match world rankings.
Details of the further stadium development are likely to be announced later this year or early next.
But no work on the stadium itself will begin until after the Ashes year of 2023.
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The car parking allocation for Members will be defined in the coming days – a short-term usage of part of the stadium is being announced on Friday, March 12 which will affect that interim number.
Edgbaston Stadium says there will remain “plenty of space”.
A “derelict area” is currently being flattened for parking.