New drainage for Old Trafford
Lancashire have put in place the final arrangements for ensuring improved drainage facilities at Old Trafford.
Their last match at their home ground in 2008 will be against Middlesex on August 17, after which White Horse Contractors will move in to install new drains.
State-of-the-art drainage facilities and a new more efficient outfield are both on the agenda, with groundsman Peter Marron saying: “We are planning to rebuild the entire outfield and replace the existing drainage with a system similar to that of Lord’s.
"Everyone witnessed during the Test against India just how effective the Lord’s drainage system is – and although our new outfield will work on the same principles, we are making sure that we have a system tailored towards the specific needs of Old Trafford.”
White Horse Contractors have extensive experience in this area, most recently constructing Chelsea Football Club’s new training facilities and rebuilding Ascot’s racetrack.
Lancashire chief executive Jim Cumbes said: “We went through a lengthy process of examining the best fast-drainage systems available to us before concluding White Horse were our preferred contractors for this project.
"It is expected the job will take around eight weeks to complete, and this of course will mean a brand new outfield for the 2009 season.
“Old Trafford is serious about staging international cricket on this site for many years to come.
“By April we should be revealing to members the remaining plans for phase one, which will include the building of new conference and banqueting facilities and covered accommodation for spectators."
Jim Crabbe, contract director for White Horse Contractors (Northern Ltd) added: “We are very pleased to be awarded this contract, and are looking forward to working with Lancashire to produce a first-class outfield.”