Marylebone Cricket Club unveils redevelopment plan for Lord’s Ground
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Marylebone Cricket Club unveils redevelopment plan for Lord’s Ground

02 May 2013

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has unveiled a new masterplan to redevelop the Lord’s Ground in St John's Wood, London, UK, which is expected to cost between £180m and £200m.

Lord’s Ground

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has unveiled a new masterplan to redevelop the Lord’s Ground in St John’s Wood, London, UK, which is expected to cost between £180m and £200m.

The phased masterplan will start with the redevelopment of the Warner Stand in the autumn of 2014, and complete with the reconstruction of the Compton and Edrich Stands in 2027.

The masterplan includes the reconstruction of Tavern & Allen stands and the removal of the Nursery Ground towards the Wellington Road, over the club’s leasehold land.

Plans also include creation of a new garden entrance through the existing car park in Grove End Road, extensions to the pavilion and increasing to the spectator capacity of Lord’s by 2,700 to 32,000.

A new Food Street behind the Compton and Edrich Stands will replace the existing Food Village and new, subterranean car-parking spaces, access routes, waste management, catering and storage facilities will be created.

The first period of the project will include the reconstruction of the Warner stand with an addition of 700 new seats, which is expected to be completed in 2016.

The new garden entrance development under the first phase is expected to commence in 2014 and complete in 2017 and work under the phase also includes improvement and enlargement of museum, library and reception facilities.

Works on the New Tavern and Allen Stands including 2,000 new seats, a new Thomas Lord Building. Extensions to the Pavilion are expected to start in 2016, and complete in time for the 2019 ICC World Cup.

The second period of the development will feature a new food street, a new East Gate building, the removal of the Nursery Pavilion and extension of the Nursery Ground, a new North Gate building and reconstruction of the Compton and Edrich Stands.

The first period of development is expected to cost £90m, which will be funded from the club’s own resources and will be carried out from 2014 to 2019.

Phase two will be funded through a combination of MCC funds and borrowing, and will be carried out from 2021 to 2027.

MCC said it is planning to submit the first phase application to Westminster City Council at the end of 2013, while approval for these projects will be sought from its members in the spring of 2014, after receiving planning permission.

MCC chairman of ground working party and estates committee Colin Maber said, "The Masterplan has been designed to provide a framework within which Ground development over the next 15 years can be set."

The masterplan has been developed by the architectural firm Populous and GWP.


Image: The redevelopment of the Lord’s Ground will be carried out over the next 15 years. Photo: Courtesy of Marylebone Cricket Club.