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More cricket fans than ever will be able to see this summer's Ashes clash with the £25M project to revamp Surrey County Cricket Club's Oval Stadium now nearing completion.

Contractor Taylor Woodrow was this week putting the finishing touches to the 250m long 'aerofoil' roof that forms the focal point of the rebuilt Vauxhall End. The new stand increases stadium capacity from 19,000 to 23,000, with the original single tier stand ripped out and replaced by a new five-level structure. Design for the stand was by HOK International and structural designer The Miller Partnership. Precast concrete specialist Bell & Webster has supplied the terracing, made up of 1,240 precast units. The main construction challenge that remains is to erect a 200m long and 20m high 'living screen' of self-irrigating creepers and ivy that will disguise the whole of the rear of the building.

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