SCCC unveils renovated Colin Atkinson Pavilion in the UK

2 June 2010

The Colin Atkinson Pavilion at Somerset County Cricket Club (SCCC) in Taunton, UK, has been officially reopened after undergoing GBP1.25 million ($1.8 million) redevelopment, to enhance the capacity of County Ground.

The Colin Atkinson Pavilion renovation forms the third phase of a plan to redevelop the County Ground into a 15,000 capacity venue capable of hosting test matches. The County Ground is a cricket ground in Taunton, which is the home of Somerset County Cricket Club. The main objective behind the expansion and renovation scheme of the Colin Atkinson Pavilion is to convert the building into a state-of-the-art facility with new Long Room. The 200-capacity Long Room has been designed to offer great views of action on ground and features a 4.5m-high vaulted ceiling. The room can seat 180-plus members and will have a balcony with high level seating. On non-match days, the building will also function as a conference and banqueting venue. A 400-capactity County Room is also featured in the pavilion. The building is designed to be fully accessible for the disabled. The previous pavilion building that housed changing rooms, club offices, player’s hospitality and dining room, has been partly demolished to give way for the improved facility. UK-based multi-consultancy firm Capita Symonds’ Bristol office provided project management, QS and CDMC services on the scheme. Somerset County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county of Somerset.