Sussex Cricket masterplan: Construction to begin on phase one

Construction is ready to begin on phase one of Sussex Cricket’s masterplan for The 1st Central County Ground, an elegant development in the south-west corner of the club’s historic home consisting of stylish apartments, office space and a new pub to replace The Sussex Cricketer.

Demolition of the old site has been completed and soon excavation will commence for the underground parking facilities included as part of the project. Construction work is scheduled to be completed in around 18 months’ time.

The residential portion of the phase one development has been named The Tate Residences, after the Tate Memorial Gate, a much-loved monument to one of Sussex’s most gifted players which will be reinstated alongside a new clock tower as part of a much more visible and attractive entrance to The 1st Central County Ground on Eaton Road.

The Tate Residences will consist of 37 luxury one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments along with exceptional three- and four-bedroom apartments. The majority of apartments will benefit from outdoor space with many having large, south facing balconies. In addition to this, on the sixth floor there will be a substantial residents’ communal rooftop terrace offering unparalleled views across the cricket ground and surrounding areas.

Rob Andrew, Sussex Cricket’s chief executive, said: “We are delighted with the progress of the masterplan for The 1st Central County Ground so far.

“Phase one is the redevelopment of the Sussex Cricketer pub and the south-west corner of the ground. This will be followed by further improvements to the cricket ground itself in due course. Phase one is critical to these further developments and we were delighted to receive planning permission in March 2020.

“Working closely with our development partner, Roffey Homes, I am very pleased to say that, despite the difficulties of the last 12 months, we are still on track with our plan to complete phase one by the end of 2022.

“The level of interest in The Tate Residences, even before we go into the ground has been very strong and we believe the quality of the development and its location will prove to be very appealing to purchasers.

The Tate Residences’ communal rooftop terrace will offer views over The 1st Central County Ground and surrounding area. Picture: Roffey Homes/Sussex Cricket

“As we move forward with a significant project for the club, I am excited that we will produce a landmark building which will become an impressive entrance to our cricket ground, but also create a long term commercial asset for the club which will help our plans for further ground development and financial stability in the future.”

To find out more about the development and available properties, you can contact the selling agents Michael Jones on 01903 228601 or Brand Vaughn on 01273 221100 or email [email protected], who will be happy to discuss your requirements.

Further information regarding Sussex Cricket’s masterplan for The 1st Central County Ground – including a downloadable brochure for The Tate Residences - is available at

How the phase one development will appear when viewed from Eaton Road Picture: Roffey Homes/Sussex Cricket