ECE are delighted to report that their masterplan proposals for the future of The 1st Central County Ground on Eaton Road in Hove have been approved.
ECE were selected by Sussex County Cricket Club after design competition. Rob Andrew, SCCC CEO, felt that:
‘ECE combined expertise, design inspiration and local knowledge that made them the right choice.’
Over the last 18 months ECE have worked with the Club to create a masterplan that delivers exceptional facilities for all users of the ground.
Phased over five years, proposals include redevelopment of the south west corner of the site on Eaton Road, improving the main entrance to make it both more visible and more accessible.
A new conference and event space is also proposed at the south west end of the pitch, with much improved facilities.
At the north end of the Ground, new and improved seating for spectators is proposed, supported with bars, new toilets and refreshment facilities; and the existing hospitality rooms in the south east corner will be replaced with new seating stands.
The proposed Phase 1 development will include replacing several buildings facing onto Eaton Road with a new mix-use development comprising 37 apartments, a new bar/restaurant, flexible commercial space, and a much more visible and attractive entrance to the Ground.
The design draws references from the white chalk cliffs of Sussex and some of the architectural gems in the city, such as the Van Alen building and the art deco Embassy Court.
The proposed developments will provide for highly sustainable new commercial space and homes. Buildings will be highly energy and water efficient, meeting and exceeding the Building Regulations requirements and an Excellent BREEAM rating where applicable.
Solar panels, heat recovery units, underfloor heating, low air leakage highly insulated building envelope, electric car charging, residents travel plan encouraging sustainable transport are some of the initiatives.