NORTHERN DISTRICT CC’S MARK TAYLOR OVAL REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT
MTO REDEVELOPMENT LATEST NEWS - NOVEMBER 2020
The latest news is reproduced from the President's Report from Blackmail #12 of 6 November 2020:
"2020 has been a year of many challenges, and despite delays and roadblocks, the work to redevelop Mark Taylor Oval has been continuing with some real results.
Members will be aware that first and foremost in our plans are the upgrade of the playing and training facilities. In 2021, a new Indoor Cricket Centre will be built and the oval and turf nets will receive a total makeover.
The work on the oval will begin midway through next year. The oval will be reshaped, working with the natural elements of the oval to enable a surface better at dispersing water away from the square. The square needs to be raised, and this will allow an east-west crossfall. The ground naturally falls approx. 1.2m from south to north, and we will largely work with this with south-north and cross-field drainage. Raising the square also means we need to raise the north end, where a retaining wall will be built. The turf will be relaid, and the new surface will be fully irrigated.
MTO INDOOR CENTRE
The four-lane Indoor Cricket Centre requires a Development Application which we expect to lodge within the next few weeks. That’s a deadline that works well with consent timings and Christmas. Council staff, the MTO Development Committee, Project Managers Mostyn Copper, architect Peter Tout and a team of consultants have been very busy with the work associated with the DA. The plan is to begin the construction phase in April, as soon as the season is over, with a view to using the centre at the start of the 2021/22 season. See the 3D images of the proposed new Indoor Centre below.
PLAN FOR COMING SEASONS
2020/21 – current season – no changes, business as usual
2021/22 – next season - Indoor Centre fully functional. No matches on MTO for the summer as the wicket and oval bed down. Asquith Oval will be our main home ground for 21/22. We are currently working on plans in regards to our other ovals.
2022/23 – first full season on the new playing and training surface.
NEW PAVILION / GRANDSTAND
Members will also be aware of our plans to build a new pavilion/grandstand and scoreboard. We have prioritised the oval and indoor centre for multiple reasons but the new pavilion is still very much on track. We will get on to the hefty parts of these other important works early next year, with a view to commencing construction in 2022. If everything goes as planned, all works will be completed in early 2023. There’s a ton of work to be done, but there are exciting times ahead!
Jeremy Hook, President NDCC"
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