Seventeen metre wide outdoor screen - the biggest in Europe - unveiled at Trent Bridge cricket ground
KAY Cutts craned her neck and looked up admiringly at the big screen she helped pay for.
Decked out in Dickies work boots and a white hard hat, the Notts County Council leader looked up at the nearly completed big screen in the northeast corner of Trent Bridge Cricket Ground. She smiled.
"Now that's big," she said.
"Big" is one way of putting it. At 17 metres by eight metres, it's the biggest outdoor screen in Europe. So yeah, it's a bit more than your standard high-definition telly.
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As builders worked on the nearly finished project, council leader Mrs Cutts and culture committee chairman John Cottee inspected the massive screen yesterday.
The council donated half the cost of the £1.8m scoreboard – Trent Bridge paid the other half itself – and Mrs Cutts nodded in approval as she inspected where the cash went.
"Well," she said, "that is money well spent."
Made by Mitsubishi, the LED screen sits in what is essentially a six-storey building, with the top four floors sitting behind the screen.
Those floors are a warren of metal-grate walkways and stairs leading to boxes of switches and wires and surrounded by the omnipresent buzz of the scoreboard.
"It's been likened to being in a submarine," said Steve Hollins, project contracts manager for construction company Bowmer and Kirkland.
The building's something of an all-rounder, housing more than just the massive screen. The first floor features a suite with a large balcony and its own kitchen. It will not necessarily be the bargain option on match days, but it will offer luxury.
The ground floor will feature a food-and-drink area and a new headquarters for ground staff who have for years been crammed into a cramped, low-ceilinged, less-than-salubrious room beneath the Larwood and Voce Stand.
Now they'll have changing rooms, showers, a kitchen – luxury.
"It's not the biggest place, but it's perfect," head groundsman Steve Birks said. "The lads will love it."
Bringing all this together hasn't been easy. As contracts manager, Steve Hollins has to deal with all 42 of the job's sub-contractors. That means he's in touch with everybody from Mitsubishi to the bloke whose team is growing the grass that will slot into the corner of the pitch that is now a dirt-covered part of the building site.
With this job, not even the grass gets left to chance. As it's grown, it's being colour-matched with the existing Trent Bridge grass.
This part of the project has not been without controversy, however.
The grass, Steve revealed, is being grown in Yorkshire.