High Performance and Heritage centre for Coolidge Cricket ground
The Coolidge Cricket Ground (CCG), home of West Indies Cricket, is entering the final phase of major development planning which will transform the ICC-accredited facility into a truly state-of-the-art cricket and cultural heritage centre.
Infrastructural work and rehabilitation are expected to commence later this year.
CCG will become a world-class centre of cricket with linkages to several other smaller cricket academies across the region. CCG will be able to adequately host training camps and player remedial work as well as stage international matches at all levels. This will include an Emerging Players Academy and the construction of an ultra-modern indoor/outdoor facility with several inputs for players’ preparation, including medical, training, fitness, and gym facilities.
“A strategic approach to master planning of the facility is well underway, and we are stepping into a new frontier as we seek to make CCG the ‘flagship’ where players from the grassroots to the international level can develop and hone their technical and mental skills. We envision the CCG of the future as a truly world-class facility with all the amenities,” said Nelecia Yeates, General Manager of CCG.
Yeates added: “Fans attending matches at the ‘new CCG’ will also have an exceptional spectator experience. We will leave no stone unturned as we hold firm to the commitment and belief that all islands of the Caribbean can be the birthplace of greatness in our sport, both on the off the field.”
As part of the redevelopment project for the 20-acre facility, CCG has announced the appointment of a design collective consisting of CJC + Associates Inc., KSS Design Group Ltd and Melon Design Architecture to design and develop a transformational high-performance, world-class concept master plan.
“We were hugely impressed by the quality of all the responses to our Request for Proposals. But the level of information showcased in the design collective proposal was both impressive and inspiring. The winners have shown exceptional talent and promise, and aligned well with CWI’s vision to create a uniquely West Indian and world-class cricket and heritage centre.” said Ricky Skerritt, President of CWI and Chairman of CCG.
“It is a huge achievement and opportunity, yet a humbling experience to be selected the winners, even more so with the high standard of entries as was expressed by the client,“ said Colin John Jenkins on behalf of the design collective (CJC+ Associates Inc., KSS Design Group Ltd and Melon Design Architecture).
Within the next few months, Jenkins and the design collective team are expected to submit draft master plans to CCG and CWI for final design and cost approval. (CWI)