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ASHES “We will be using the project as the Willmott Dixon Foundation Regional Trainee Challenge Project for 2015, which will allow 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 sports in Nottingham a real boost.”

Steve Williams of Maber, Tracey Francis of TBCT, Nick Heath of Wilmott Dixon

Work on a visionary project to create a new cricket clubhouse on Victoria Embankment in Nottingham has now begun. The project, which is being referred to as the 'Field of Dreams,' is being overseen by contracting giant Willmott Dixon, with the assistance of more than 50 local partners. The contractor has teamed up with Trent Bridge Community Trust – representing Nottinghamshire Cricket Club, Nottinghamshire Cricket Board, Nottinghamshire City Council and Maber Architects to deliver the 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 original plan had been to refurbish an original pavilion at the embankment which had been in a state of disrepair for two decades. The pavilion was so dilapidated, and because it would not have met disability access requirements nor governing body specifications, it had to be demolished, paving the way for this exciting new project. 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.

The project has caught the attention and imagination of a great many local businesses and organizations. Each partner has either given their skills, services, expertise or goods free of charge or at or below cost price, to see that the Field of Dreams can become a reality. Local partner organisations involved in the project include: Project Managers Faithful & Gould, Engineers Curtins, Local Builders Merchants Jewsons, Wicks, Midland

Building Products, J Wright Roofing, Derry Building Services, Rilmac, Cartwright Communications & RizkMcCay. Tracey Francis of the Trent Bridge Community Trust said: “This is a hugely exciting, visionary project which will really benefit the local Nottingham community by boosting sport for all in the city.” Over the past three years, the Nottinghamshire Cricket Board & ECB have invested in three artificial cricket pitches at Victoria Embankment – with a nationally renowned 'Last Man Stands' league operating through the summer months featuring 16 teams, and a brand new community cricket team called The Meadows. Volunteers from the local community will get involved and businesses will be encouraged to support the work by volunteering their time to the project. The project is on programme to be completed in December 2015

Wilmott Dixon trainees with ex England cricketers Simon Jones and Graeme Swan


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