The Ageas Bowl in Southampton (formerly known as the Rose Bowl) is one of the leading cricket venues in England and home of Hampshire Cricket. Most famous for hosting international Test matches and key England Series’ such as The Ashes, a raft of one-day matches and two Twenty Finals Days, the ground is also expected to be confirmed as one of ten settings venues to host matches in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The Ageas Bowl has also recently become a popular venue for major concerts and events. Phase one of the works included the building of new permanent East and West Stands, sweeping out from both sides of the iconic Hopkin’s Pavilion increasing total seating capacity to 25,000.
The East and West Stand canopies feature clear polycarbonate which provide overhead protection for specta- tors whilst viewing the cricket action.
As one of the leading cricket grounds it was also important to ensure that optimum light transmission reached the pitch to encourage grass growth on the high quality pitch expected on the Test Match ground in England and this was a key factor in the material selection. PC sheets employed in this project achieve light transmis- sions in the region of 90% offering excellent optical clarity and high transparency levels and were the ideal choice for this type of maximum daylighting application. Sandwiching the iconic Hopkins Stand, the East and West Stands are curved to represent the bowl concept. This installation comprises sections of extra-long, pro- filed polycarbonate sheets which were precisely tapered to fit the rounded canopy structure.
Key facts in the material selection for the Ageas Bowl were:
Maximum light transmission;
High strength to weight ratio;
Workability and ease of installation;