London-based Marylebone Cricket Club has selected architectural firm Populous to redevelop the Lord's cricket ground.
The £55m south-western project includes eight major developmental works, including replacing the Tavern & Allen stands, two new pavilion extensions, office and banqueting facilities in the revamped Thomas Lord Suite, an upgrade to the Tavern pub, moving the Grace gates and new offices adjacent to the memorial block.
The replacement of the Tavern & Allen stands is expected to increase the capacity of Lord's by around 1,500 additional seats, taking the total number of seats in the ground to 30,000.
MCC CEO and secretary Derek Brewer confirmed that MCC has appointed Populous as the architect of the next phase of the club's master plan.
"Populous has emerged from a highly competitive and rigorous selection process and, having worked with them in designing the new Warner stand, we know how impressive their team is. We are confident Populous can meet what is a very complicated brief for the whole south-west corner of Lord's," Brewer said.
Expected to begin in autumn 2016, the redevelopment of the ground will continue for three winters and will probably end before the Ashes test match and the ICC Cricket World Cup in 2019.
Brewer said it is vital that the club enhances the facilities of Lord's and that with this appointment and the progress made already, MCC is on-track.
"With other venues around the country making huge improvements, MCC can have no complacency whatsoever in its aim to secure future test matches and one day internationals for Lord's," Brewer added.
"In concentrating on redeveloping the pavilion end of the ground, Lord's will be well-placed to retain its worldwide status as the home of cricket."
The project is subject to planning approvals from both Westminster City Council and MCC members.
Image: The redevelopment of the Lord's cricket ground will be carried-out over the next three winters. Photo: courtesy of Marylebone Cricket Club.