Gloucestershire Cricket ground improvements get under way

An artist's impression of the new Gloucestershire County Cricket Club
Image caption The club is aiming to stage matches at the 2019 Cricket World Cup

Work has begun to revamp Gloucestershire County Cricket Club's ground in Bristol.

The club hopes the development will raise the profile of cricket in the area and help secure its future by hosting international games.

A new apartment block overlooking the ground will be built and capacity will be increased to 17,000 seats at the Nevil Road ground.

The first of the new homes at the site will be completed by summer 2013.

A media centre will also be built.

In January, a previous scheme was rejected due to the height of the flats at the ground but this was scaled back by one storey.

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