Lindley Venue Catering, the sports stadia catering division of The Lindley Group, has been awarded a six-year catering and events management contract at Gloucestershire County Cricket Club (GCCC) as the Bristol-based club embarks on a development programme at the Nevil Road ground.
The appointment follows approval of GCCC’s planning application to expand and enhance the facilities at the Bristol County Ground. As well as installing a media centre, the development will also incorporate a purpose-built conference centre and Lindley Venue Catering (LVC) say its remit is to provide a comprehensive sales and marketing programme to maximise usage of the new centre.
Last Summer LVC was awarded a single-season contract and responsibility for managing all of the match-day and non match-day catering events at the club’s Nevil Road Ground pending the outcome of the club’s planning application. Lindley was invited to tender for the longer six-year contract worth an estimated £6.8m.
“Teaming up with Lindley Venue Catering over the 2012 season provided us with a great opportunity to gain a insight into the way they work and to benefit from their knowledge and experience as we seek to expand our catering and hospitality services,’ says GCCC’s Chief Executive, Tom Richardson.
Work began on The Pavilion, the first phase of the development which aims to increase the match-day capacity of the ground to 17,500, in October 2012 and is expected to be completed by the end of July 2013.
Adam Elliott, the Lindley Group’s Chief Executive Officer, says: “Gloucestershire CCC has been clear in its ambition both to attract more supporters to the ground for one-day international and domestic cricket matches, and to make Bristol County Ground a central hub for the local community and businesses. The new development opens up a whole range of opportunities to make greater use of the new facilities.”
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