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Field of Dreams for Wilmott Dixon

Nick Heath at Field of Dreams launchWorK on a visionary project to create a brand new cricket clubhouse on Victoria Embankment, Nottingham, has begun.

Nottingham-based contractor Willmott Dixon is one of more than 50 local partners involved in the project at the Meadows Recreation Ground.

The contractor has teamed up with Trent Bridge Community Trust- representing Nottinghamshire Cricket Club and Nottinghamshire Cricket Board, Nottingham City Council and Maber architects to deliver the project.

Called the Field of Dreams Project, the new clubhouse is the vision of the Trent Bridge Community Trust to leave a true legacy from the Investec Ashes Test Series at Trent Bridge in 2013 and 2015. The new clubhouse will drive the trust’s aim of maintaining cricket’s status as the sport of choice for the city of Nottingham and the wider county.

Nick Heath, operations director at Willmott Dixon in the East Midlands, said: “This is a significant project for Nottingham and something that we are very proud to be putting our weight behind – we are committed to the city and getting involved with initiatives like this is very important to us.

“We will be using the project as the Willmott Dixon Foundation regional Trainee Challenge Project for 2015, which will allow us to give a number of young people working with us as apprentices and trainees the opportunity to gain real, on the job experience throughout the 24 week build.

“The project will deliver a brand new dedicated cricket clubhouse, which will house cricket teams in the summer and junior football in the winter, and will give sport in Nottingham a real boost.”

Work has started on the brand new clubhouse, which is due for completion by the end of the year and will create four changing rooms, toilets, showers, disability access, rooms for officials, kitchen area, and external viewing area.

The build is expected to take 24 weeks with an official launch as part of the Ashes Test Match Series in early August 2015 by England and Australian players.

The total project cost is £750,000 of which £432,000 is made up of grants from Sport England,£125,000is coming from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), £80,000 from WREN and £61,000 from Nottingham City Council. An additional £5,000 will be met by the fundraising efforts of the Trent Bridge Community Trust. Nottinghamshire Cricket Board will contribute £1,000 and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club will add £6,500 into the pot.

Around £360,000 will come from the goodwill of Nottingham architects Maber which is designing the scheme and Willmott Dixon which is building supported by supply chain partners.

Tracey Francis of the Trent Bridge Community Trust said: “Each of these partners has worked through their supply chain partners, and have extended the partnership to some 50 partners getting involved in the project. Each partner has either given their skills, services, expertise or goods free of charge or at or below cost price.

“We are truly grateful to Willmott Dixon and all our partner organisations, as it simply wouldn’t have been possible without their industry expertise, their time - and their money.”

Coun Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for leisure and culture, said: “The new cricket clubhouse on The Meadows Recreation Ground will provide a superb resource for the local community and will encourage the continued playing of cricket by local clubs. It’s important that we offer high quality, modern facilities which are designed in keeping with the local surroundings to enable people in Nottingham to take part in and enjoy sport.”

The original plan had been to refurbish an original pavilion at the embankment which had been in a state of disrepair for two decades. But because the pavilion was so dilapidated, and because it would not have met disability access requirements nor governing body specifications, it had to be demolished.