Plans approved for £50m Lord’s cricket ground redevelopment

WCN Editorial Team 17 Jan 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has secured full planning permission from Westminster City Council for the construction of two new three-tier stands to replace the Compton and Edrich Stands.

The redevelopment of the stands at Lord’s Cricket Ground constitutes the second phase of the ground’s updated Masterplan.

The designs have been prepared by WilkinsonEyre, who is responsible for the current refurbishment of the Grade II-listed Battersea Power Station.

The design will be consistent with the overall architectural identity of Lord’s and the ‘village cricket green’ ethos, while improving the overall harmony of the north-east end of the ground.

The plans include upgraded amenities. Currently, existing facilities do not have any facilities, and lower tiers offer poor sightlines.

The new designs include integrated catering and WC facilities, and improved sightlines for the seats in the lower levels.

The seating capacity of the new stands will be increased by around 2,500, accommodating a total of 11,500 spectators, which will enable MCC to satisfy the demand for tickets from the general public.

Wheelchair-accessible spaces as well as lift access at all levels will also be provided.

Construction is due to commence after the completion of major matches on 24 August 2019 this summer.

The rapid-build design sequence will ensure minimal interruption to match fixtures, with the new stands’ seats due to be ready for use during the 2020 season.

Fully fitted-out facilities are expected to be completed for the summer of 2021. The stands are anticipated to cost nearly £50m.

Approval of MCC members for the plans will be sought at the Club’s AGM in May 2019.

MCC CEO and secretary Guy Lavender said: “MCC is delighted to receive planning permission for the redevelopment of the Compton and Edrich Stands.

“We are excited to be commencing another transformational development at Lord’s, and by raising the capacity to 31,000 we will be able to welcome more spectators to enjoy matches at the largest cricket ground in the country, here at the Home of Cricket.

“The redevelopment will be an outstanding addition delivering world-class facilities, ensuring that Lord’s remains the finest ground in the world to watch, and play cricket.”

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Image: Compton and Edrich stands at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Photo: Courtesy of MCC.

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