Hagley Oval was redeveloped into a international-class cricket venue as one of the ‘Anchor Projects’ of the rebuild of Christchurch following the Canterbury earthquakes. Align was engaged to the produce plans for the landscape around the new pavilion and cricket ground.
Align researched national and international cricket grounds to inform their proposal. By removing the existing concrete block store sheds to the south of the western corner of the oval, and the Old Boys Collegians Pavilion, it was determined that an international cricket venue could be established.
Align produced a developed design report that proposed three key facilities to support international cricket at Hagley Oval: low rise grass embankments to the perimeter of the cricket boundary, four partially retractable light towers, and a pavilion to house the essential functions for hosting test cricket.