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Huge tennis boost for Birmingham

The LTA has today announced plans to invest up to £5m into the Edgbaston Priory Club’s development programme to secure the long term future of grass court tennis in Birmingham, and provide a bespoke tournament venue, complete with a permanent grass show court, for the LTA’s annual International women’s event; the AEGON Classic.

In addition the development will significantly help to improve community access to tennis in the local area and across the city.

The development also includes plans for a 6-court indoor tennis centre which will help to support and develop the club’s performance programme and further enhance the club’s status as an LTA High Performance Centre.

This major investment from the LTA will also improve the quality of playing surfaces on other grass courts at the venue.

Roger Draper, Chief Executive of the LTA said: “We are delighted to be able to invest this money into the redevelopment of the Edgbaston Priory Club. It will provide the community with access to this site and improve the delivery of tennis across the whole city, boosting the sport from both a performance and grass roots perspective.”

This announcement comes as the Club prepares to welcome some of the world’s top female tennis players to the AEGON Classic 2010 which runs from 7th June – 13th June at Edgbaston Priory Club.

“This investment will also secure the future of the AEGON Classic in Birmingham for years to come,” added Draper. “We are looking forward to working with the City Council to improve tennis in England’s second city.”

Birmingham City Council Cabinet member for Leisure, Sport and Culture Cllr Martin Mullaney believes the plans will make Birmingham a centre of tennis excellence.

He added: “This will make Birmingham a beacon of tennis excellence and, in addition to the boost for elite tennis, will bring investment at grassroots level.”

The construction of the indoor tennis centre and show court form part of a multi-million pound redevelopment of the Edgbaston Priory Club site which includes new squash, gym and leisure facilities together with a major refurbishment of the clubhouse.

The plans were approved at a special general meeting in April and are now being finalised in advance of a submission for planning consent. As part of the proposals, the Club has agreed terms with Calthorpe Estates to lease an additional four acres of adjacent land on the former Tally Ho! Bowling Club site on which the new indoor tennis centre will be built.

Michael Fallows, Chairman of the Edgbaston Priory Club said: “This is a hugely exciting project for Edgbaston Priory Club – a once in a lifetime opportunity to provide members and the local community with the very best sporting and social facilities, to establish the Club as a leader in promoting racquet sport at all levels and to secure, for generations to come, Edgbaston Priory Club’s reputation as a prominent international tournament venue.

”The substantial injection of funds from the LTA, and the support of the City Council, has given the project a massive boost, representing a huge vote of confidence in Edgbaston Priory Club and the city’s ability to deliver a bright and secure future for tennis in this country.”
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Found this, application according to this article shouldn't be too far away
 

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Plans approved for Edgbaston Priory Tennis Club development
Graeme Brown, Birmingham Post
Mar 24 2011

Proposals for a multi-million pound redevelopment of Edgbaston Priory Tennis Club have been given the go-ahead by planners.

The plans include a new six court indoor tennis centre and a permanent grass show court after £5 million was committed for the scheme from the LTA, the national governing body for tennis in Britain.

Work on the scheme, which also includes the development of the six indoor courts, can now start after the green light was given by Birmingham City Council’s planning department.
Artist's impression of proposed Edgbaston Priory Tennis Club development

This year will see the 30th anniversary of the WTA event, the AEGON Classic, and organisers say the plans for a new centre court and show courts will ensure the event continues to go from strength to strength.

Robert Bray, chief executive of Edgbaston Priory said: “This is a huge step forward for Edgbaston Priory Club. We can now progress with our exciting plans to provide members and the local community with the very best sporting facilities.”

The extension of the Edgbaston Priory site will also include new squash, gym and leisure facilities together with a major refurbishment of the clubhouse.

As part of the proposals, the club has agreed terms with Calthorpe Estates to lease an additional four acres of adjacent land on the former Tally Ho! Bowling Club site on which the new indoor tennis centre will be built.

The designs for the redevelopment of Edgbaston Priory club have been created by Digbeth-based Glenn Howells Architects.
Artist's impression of proposed Edgbaston Priory Tennis Club development

The club will now go out to tender for the construction works and a contractor will be appointed by May 2011 to commence work on the project at the end of June 2011 with the aim of completing by August 2013.

Bruce Philipps, LTA director of communications and commercial, added: “The LTA is committed to investing in grass court tennis, and to tennis in Birmingham, and through the project at Edgbaston Priory Club, we are able to combine those aims in order to help more people play tennis.”

Planning consent comes as the Club prepares to welcome some of the world’s top female tennis players, including Maria Sharapova, to the AEGON Classic 2011 which runs from June 6 to 12 at Edgbaston Priory Club.
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With the cricket ground improvements, the tennis club development plus the already well established leisure facility of the extensive parkland and the great new public square, I think the tally ho site would be the perfect location for the olympic swimming pool.
 

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BRIGHT FUTURE FOR TENNIS AND RACQUET SPORTS IN BIRMINGHAM
AS EDGBASTON PRIORY CLUB REDEVELOPMENT GIVEN PLANNING CONSENT


Edgbaston Priory Club''s ambition to become the premier racquets and leisure club in the country came a step closer today as Birmingham City Council Planning Department gave permission for the Club''s multi-million pound development proposals.

The tennis plans include a new six court indoor tennis centre and a permanent grass show court. The LTA, the national governing body for tennis in Britain, has committed £5m to ensure the development of the six indoor courts, as well as securing a long term world class tournament set up to stage grass court events.

This year will see the 30th anniversary of the WTA event, the AEGON Classic, and the plans for a new Centre Court and show courts will ensure the event continues to go from strength to strength. The new facilities will also be a central part of the LTA''s commitment to helping to grow community access to tennis in Birmingham and across the region. The investment plan will further enhance the Club''s status as an LTA High Performance Centre.

The extension of the Edgbaston Priory Club site will also include new squash, gym and leisure facilities together with a major refurbishment of the clubhouse. As part of the proposals, the Club has agreed terms with Calthorpe Estates to lease an additional four acres of adjacent land on the former Tally Ho! Bowling Club site on which the new indoor tennis centre will be built.

The designs for the redevelopment of Edgbaston Priory Club have been created by Glenn Howells Architects, the award-winning practice based in Digbeth. Arcadis APS have been appointed as project managers to ensure a safe and sustainable delivery of the project on budget and on time.

The Club will now go out to tender for the construction works and a contractor will be appointed by mid-May 2011 to commence work on the project at the end of June 2011 with the aim of completing by August 2013.

Robert Bray, Chief Executive of Edgbaston Priory Club said: "This is a huge step forward for Edgbaston Priory Club. We can now progress with our exciting plans to provide members and the local community with the very best sporting facilities. We would like in particular to thank the LTA for this significant support and look forward to working with them to develop a thriving tennis hub for events, community and performance. These world class facilities will establish the Club as a leader in promoting racquet sport at all levels and secure, for generations to come, the city''s reputation as a prominent international tournament venue for tennis, squash and racketball.

"We thank all our partners and club members whose creative and innovative input has brought us to this historic point and we look forward to working with them to bring our vision to fruition."

Bruce Philipps, LTA Director of Communications and Commercial, added: "The LTA is committed to investing in grass court tennis, and to tennis in Birmingham, and through the project at Edgbaston Priory Club, we are able to combine those aims in order to help more people play tennis."

Planning consent comes as the Club prepares to welcome some of the world''s top female tennis players, including Maria Sharapova, to the AEGON Classic 2011 which runs from 6th to 12th June at Edgbaston Priory Club.



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work on this is to begin on June 12th after the nets come down once the Classic tournament has finished. Maria Sharapova and Heather Watson are playing and Martina Navratilova is alos present apparently!

They want to make this venue a rival to Eastbourne long term with a view to hosting Fed Cup and Davis Cup tennis (see this weeks post sport section).

Exciting times for Sport in Birmingham with the announcement of the Great Birmingham RUn which will be televised live on terrestrial TV (and I have just entered it!!)
 

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Shame!!

Maria Sharapova and Marion Bartoli have announced their withdrawal from next week's AEGON Classic in Birmingham.

The pair, who were the beaten semi-finalists in the French Open, have pulled out of the event, with Sharapova citing illness and Bartoli nursing an injury sustained at Roland-Garros.

Sharapova said: "The Birmingham tournament is one of my favourite events of the year and has great history for me. I am really sorry that I will miss all my amazing fans this year, but I will be back next year for sure."

Tournament director, Patrick Hughesman added: "This is disappointing news for the tournament as Maria is very popular here in Birmingham. However we do still have world-class players competing at the event, including Ana Ivanovic and Britain's own Heather Watson, so it will be a great event and we're looking forward to it enormously.
 

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BUMP- steelwork going up at the priory tennis club, will try and get some photos soon- needs to be moved to construction page
 

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I'm genuinely excited by this project..our own mini Wimbledon, together with the great improvement to Edgbaston CC, the prospective commercial element next to it and the Doubletree Hilton hotel and restaurants complex opposite. I think the whole area is getting a positive uplift and will attract lots of visitors from within and outside the city.:)
 
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