On the initiative of The Brigands and Winchester College, BHDA was set up in 1996. It was made clear that it was to be independent of the Brigands. In view of the importance of the ground in the history of cricket generally and to Hampshire cricket, it was stipulated that BHDA should include representatives of the Cricket Society, English Schools Cricket Association, Hambledon Cricket Club, Hampshire Cricket Board and the MCC as well as the Brigands and Winchester College.
Until 1998, the facilities on BHD were primitive – a small thatched pavilion with no electricity or running water. In 1997 BHDA was granted planning permission to build a new pavilion. An appeal was launched in April 1998. The response to the appeal was magnificent, with over 400 donations from all over the world. These totalled £120,000 and the pavilion, with electricity and runnng water was completed by November. Subsequently, from 1999 to 2008, a further £68,000 was raised for: a marquee, artificial grass wicket and net, pitch covers, new gate and entrance replacing a highly dangerous one, sight screens, ground maintenance equipment and secure storage huts.