The Basin Reserve Masterplan was endorsed by the Council in April 2015 as a blueprint for redeveloping the ground. Below is a summary of the works currently underway. For a full understanding of the ongoing design process, please visit the Wellington Council’s website dedicated to the redevelopment here.
Built in the 1880s, the Groundsman’s Cottage is the oldest structure on the Basin Reserve site. Over the years, the building has been moved to different locations around the ground, with a number of changes made to the outside and inside of the building. In recent times, it was used to house the ground keepers and their equipment.
By 2013, the cottage was in a bad condition and presented a serious health and safety risk to ground keeping staff. As part of the Masterplan, the Council agreed to refurbish the cottage while also creating ground keeping facilities that were fit-for-purpose. This included:
In October 2015, the Les Armstrong Ground Keepers Cottage was opened by Mayor Celia-Wade Brown.
Built in 1924, the Museum Stand is registered as a Category 2 historic place as part of the Basin Reserve historic area. Originally used as the members stand and player changing area, following the upgrade of the Basin Reserve in the 1970s the Museum Stand was used to give more public seating and toilet facilities.
We’ve identified the Museum Stand at the Basin Reserve as earthquake-prone with a significant health and safety risk to users from a catastrophic collapse in a seismic event. As a result, the Museum Stand seating area was closed to the public in 2012.
The Masterplan notes the following:
We’ve studied the structure to better understand the earthquake-prone issues and other structural and deferred maintenance issues. We’re currently completing more assessment work to use in the decision-making process.
Built in the late 1970s, the RA Vance Stand was a key project in a major makeover of the Basin Reserve, which included constructing the embankment areas, turning the field into an oval, and moving the cricket block to its current position.
The RA Vance Stand and Players Pavilion houses spectator, player and umpire facilities (changing rooms, practice facilities and viewing areas), media facilities and corporate hosting spaces, all of which are needed for the Basin Reserve to keep its status as a compliant test cricket venue by International Cricket Council ICC) standards.
The Council has started a project to address significant maintenance issues in the RA Vance Stand. This work is critical to keeping the Basin Reserve as a world-class test cricket venue. We expect to complete this work in November 2016.