Featured News | 29th June 2009
Second Award For Trent Bridge Partnership
Nottingham City Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Rushcliffe Borough Council, emda and Nottinghamshire County Cricket Club have been handed a prestigious award for a partnership project which culminated in the successful staging of the ICC World Twenty20 earlier this month.
Representatives of all of the organisations received the Outstanding Public Private Partnership award at the MJ Local Government Achievement Awards ceremony in London.
The win follows a similar honour handed to the partners by the Local Government Chronicle earlier this year.
“Winning this award is a fitting tribute to the contribution that everyone made to ensure that this truly global event came to Trent Bridge,” said Notts County Cricket Club Chief Executive Derek Brewer.
“This is a clear demonstration of the potential of fruitful, mature partnerships between our club, the three councils and emda and one which is all the stronger for having bid for, planned and hosted such a prestigious sporting event.
“Everyone worked tirelessly to ensure that the competing teams, their support staff, the international media and cricket supporters in general had the best possible experience during their time in our city, county and region. As a result, we have strengthened our position on the Global Sporting Map.
“This partnership was creative, bold and hugely successful and I am delighted that everyone has been rewarded in such a positive manner.”
“Without the redevelopment, the club would not have been in a position to bid to host ICC World Twenty20. I hope our partners share real pride in what has been achieved collectively.”
The £8.2 million redevelopment of Trent Bridge, the world’s third oldest Test venue, paved the way for Nottingham to play host to 15 tournament fixtures and reap the benefits of increased tourism, enhanced profile and economic improvement.
The new stand, state of the art replay screen and permanent floodlights, funded by £1.23 million loans from each of the three councils, a £2.5 million grant from emda and £2 million from club funds, received huge exposure with an estimated television audience of 500million tuning in for the mens semi-final between Pakistan and South Africa.
BBC News reader Huw Edwards hosted the ceremony at the Hilton Park Lane.