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Issue No 527 £2.00

4 May - 17 May 2010

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£36m sports complex opens at University of Surrey

By Pete Hayman

A new multi-million pound sports facility – Surrey Sports Park – has opened its doors to the public at the University of Surrey, Guildford, after nearly two years in development. Facilities include an eight-

lane, 50m swimming pool – the first of its kind in the county, which boasts a moveable boom to create two smaller 25m pools and a moveable floor. A 700sq m (7,535sq ft)

health and fitness centre, equipped with 120 stations of Life Fitness machines and free weights; three multi-purpose sports halls; six squash courts and a climbing wall are also on

providing a training base for a elite sports clubs – including Harlequins rugby team and Surrey Storm netball team. Jason Harborow, chief

executive of Surrey Sports Park, said: "The sports park isn't just about top class athletes however; this is a facility for the entire local community. "We have expanded on what

The new Surrey Sports Park was built by Wilmott Dixon Group

offer, as well as three exercise/ dance studios. Outdoor facilities comprise

three artificial turf pitches; ten football/rugby pitches; two-small sided sports pitches;

two cricket squares and eight floodlit tennis courts, as well as a two-lane, 60m sprint track. Surrey Sports Park will be

available to students and the local community, while also

MCC launches developer search for Lord's facelift

Cushman and Wakefield appointed to secure company for major redevelopment

By Pete Hayman

Plans for a major revamp of Lord's cricket ground in London have moved forward after Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) launched its search for a development partner. The club has appointed

London-based property adviser Cushman and Wakefield to lead the search for a company that can deliver its Vision for Lord's at the St John's Wood venue. MCC proposals for the

16-acre (6.5-hectare) site, which have been drawn up by



The MCC aims to secure Lord's status as the 'home of cricket'

architects Herzog and de Meuron, will see the seating capacity increase from 28,500 to around 37,000.


A cricket academy; a Lord's

museum and library; shops and space for exhibitions are also planned, along with an increase in playing area at the Nursery End to allow competi- tive games to take place and a residential development. Subject to receiving planning

permission, it is hoped that construction work can start on site after Lord's is used to stage archery events at the 2012 Olympics. Meanwhile, Cushman and Wakefield is due to draw up a shortlist of prospective partners this summer.


was already a broad pro- gramme of dance and exercise classes that we ran in the original university facilities and are confident that the pro- grammes will achieve even greater interest." For more on the new Surrey

Sports Park, see Sports Management Q1 2010, p. 29

Fort William scheme pulled

Fort William Waterfront (FWW) – the company behind plans to transform the Scottish town's waterfront – has with- drawn from the £80m project as a result of the economic downturn. FWW was selected by

Highland Council to lead the mixed-use project in October 2007, but has now advised that it cannot proceed as it had not been able to secure the necessary funding to progress the development.

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