Cricket club unveils new pavilion in Bishopston

August 30 2013
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Members of the community got the first look at Gloucestershire Cricket Club’s new state-of-the-art venue, the Bristol Pavilion, before its official opening.

by Rebecca Day

Members of the community got the first look at Gloucestershire Cricket Club’s new state-of-the-art venue, the Bristol Pavilion, before its official opening.

Guests – including club members – were given a tour around the complex, which is spread across three floors.

Rooms include a restaurant, bar and seating for conferences. Spaces can be used for weddings, parties, corporate functions and workshops, and can accommodate up to 400 guests.

A media centre is also located at the top of the pavilion for match-day broadcasting and commentary. 

August Bank Holiday Monday saw the official opening ceremony of the pavilion, when Gloucestershire took on local rivals Somerset. As well as the match, entertainment included an inflatable obstacle course, street performers, a jazz band and an exhibition cricket match from the Gloucestershire Growlers – the County’s cricket team for the visually impaired.

The contractors, Galliford Try, finalised the pavilion on August 12, marking the end of the first stage of works to the ground. The Bristol Pavilion took 10 months to construct.

Seating next to the pavilion is to undergo work in October this year, and is set to be completed by April 2014.

The flats opposite, which are in the process of being built by Linden Homes, are to be finished by summer 2014. The development – comprising 147 apartments – is to include a cricket museum and a cafe, which will stay open on non-match days.

The highlight of the pavilion is the Premier Club, located on the second floor. The room has a double-height frontage, providing views across the ground and there is seating outside on the Premier Club’s balcony. 

One Premier annual membership for 2014 costs £450, which includes entry to the Premier Club marquee at Cheltenham, priority booking for international matches and one car parking space per two memberships.

“We’re thrilled to bits,” said Tim Davies, commercial director of GCCC. “It’ll be great for the local community and Bristol as a whole.

“This venue will host all sorts of events from wedding receptions to conferences – a real mixture of stuff – and, of course, our annual firework display.”