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New Buildings at MCC Sports Venue, England, UK – ECB additions: Construction development design news

9 May 2024

Architects: WilkinsonEyre

Location: Marylebone Cricket Club, St John’s Wood Road, London NW8 8QN, England, United Kingdom

Lord’s Cricket Ground set to embark on second major development in three years


image courtesy of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)

Jim Eyre, Founding Director at WilkinsonEyre, said:

“We are delighted to achieve approval for the sustainable revival of these stands at Lord’s, and continue our successful partnership with MCC. The new designs will add great value to this world-famous sporting venue, modernising and improving the existing facilities for its members.”

Lord’s Cricket Ground Tavern and Allen stands design

Plans have been approved by Members for Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) to redevelop the Tavern and Allen stands at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The £61.8m project, which was put to the Club’s 18,000-strong membership at its AGM last week, will provide improved catering, hospitality and accessibility, as well as increasing the overall ground capacity by an additional 1,100 seats.

Lord’s Cricket Ground Allen stand building design

MCC Members’ approval comes after Westminster City Council’s Planning Committee unanimously resolved to grant planning consent to the Tavern and Allen project at a meeting on 16 April.

MCC is now ready to enter the construction phase of the redevelopment, due to begin in late September, at the end of the cricket season. The Tavern and Allen stand project follows the successful completion of the redevelopment and significant improvement to the Compton and Edrich stands, a £53m project that was completed in 2021.

Lord’s Cricket Ground aerial photo

John Graham Construction Ltd is the preferred bidder for the main contract to build the development and MCC will now proceed to finalise the contract with them over the coming weeks.

The redevelopment will see an extra tier added to both stands. In the Allen stand, this will be facilitated by the relocation of the scoreboard. In the Tavern stand, it will involve the introduction of a new cantilevered fourth floor seating level above the retained existing structure, which is extended back to the site boundary.

Lord’s Cricket Ground Tavern and Allen stands, London
image courtesy of Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC)

In keeping with MCC’s sustainability commitments, the project has been designed to a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard. The steel framework of the existing Tavern stand is set to be retained, which is estimated to save 613.7 tonnes of CO2 (the equivalent of 18,361 train journeys from London to Bath).

The existing Allen Stand dates to the 1930s and will be demolished entirely. A link bridge between the Allen Stand and the Pavilion will also be demolished and rebuilt in the upper tier in a move welcomed by Members.

Lord’s Cricket Ground Grace Gate building

The Tavern stand’s unique roof profile, designed by architects WilkinsonEyre, is inspired by the shape and ribbed construction of a series of upturned traditional slip cradles, and continues the theme of innovative architecture around Lord’s.

The construction of the new stands will be completed in 2027, with scheduled pauses for cricket during the 2025 and 2026 seasons.

Robert Ebdon, MCC Estates Director, said: “The redevelopment of the Tavern and Allen stands will complete our stand development programme, in which we have modernised facilities at Lord’s to continue to ensure the Ground remains a world-class venue for cricket.

“The stands will also strengthen the Club’s already-impressive sustainability credentials, and we are looking forward to the construction phase and working closely with our consultants Buro Happold, Gardiner & Theobold and Arcadis.”

Lord’s Cricket Ground Grace Gate building design

Rob Joyce, Development Director at John Graham Construction Ltd, said: “We are thrilled to embark on this transformative project at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Our partnership with MCC will deliver world-class sporting infrastructure while preserving the rich heritage of this historic venue.

“Together, we aim to enhance the Members’ and public spectator experience, expand capacity, and usher in a new era at the iconic Home of Cricket. This project represents a significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to shaping vibrant, sustainable communities through exceptional construction projects.”

WilkinsonEyre

Lord’s Cricket Ground Tavern and Allen stands images / information received from Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on 090524.

Previously on e-architect:

16 Sep 2019

Architects: WilkinsonEyre

Lord’s Masterplan design

Lord’s Cricket Ground Construction

Construction to start at Lord’s Cricket Ground

• Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and ISG break ground as construction for the £52m redevelopment commences at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

• The milestone marks the start of a two-year redevelopment of the Compton and Edrich stands, increasing the capacity of the ground by 2,600.

Redevelopment at Lord’s enhances world-class experience at the Home of Cricket

On Monday 16th September, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) broke ground at Lord’s Cricket Ground to mark the start of the redevelopment of the Compton and Edrich stands.

Compton and Edrich Stands Redevelopment at Lord’s Cricket Ground groundbreaking
photos courtesy of MCC

Lord’s Cricket Ground Masterplan

Compton and Edrich Stands Redevelopment at Lord’s Cricket Ground groundbreaking

Compton and Edrich Ceremonial Breaking Ground at Lord’s Steven McGee (left) Guy Lavender (right):
Compton and Edrich Stands Redevelopment at Lord’s Cricket Ground groundbreaking

Viswas Raghavan of J.P. Morgan with Guy Lavender of MCC:
Viswas Raghavan of J.P. Morgan with Guy Lavender of MCC

Compton and Edrich Stands Redevelopment at Lord’s Cricket Ground groundbreaking

Further information regarding MCC’s Masterplan can be viewed at https://www.lords.org/lords/our-history/the-future

Compton and Edrich Stands Redevelopment at Lord’s

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Lord’s Cricket Ground Masterplan

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Lord’s Cricket Ground Masterplan Phase Two
Architects: Populous

Lord’s Cricket Ground Masterplan design

The South-Western Project, which also includes a new Thomas Lord building and a new Tavern Pub, is phase two of the Masterplan for Lord’s.

Lord’s Cricket Ground Masterplan

Links:

Populous – architects for Masterplan Phase Two

Lord’s Cricket Ground South-Western Project

17 Apr 2015

Lord’s Cricket Ground South-Western Project

MCC announces plans for redevelopment in south-western corner of Lord’s

Design: Populous, architects

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) today announces plans for the second phase of the Masterplan for the redevelopment of Lord’s – the South-Western Project.

Lords Cricket Ground London MCC
Lord’s Ground from MCC : photo © Sarah Williams

Lords Cricket Ground London
Lord’s Ground from MCC : Photo © Anthony Devlin

For the latest information about the Masterplan for the redevelopment of Lord’s visit www.lords.org/masterplan.

Lord’s Cricket Ground, northwest London:
Lords Ground London MCC
image from Olympic Delivery Authority

Lord’s Masterplan

Architecture Competition Winner, Jul 2008:
Design: Herzog & de Meuron

Shortlist: BDP, David Chipperfield Architects, Dixon Jones, Herzog & de Meuron, Hopkins Architects

Address: St John’s Wood Rd, London NW8 8QN

Phone: 020 7616 8500

Ground Capacity: 28,000

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Lord's Ground
Lord’s Ground from MCC : Photo © Anthony Devlin

Lord’s Ground Masterplan Design

Lord's Cricket Ground
Lord’s Ground from MCC : photo © Sarah Williams

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MCC’s David Batts : photo © Ian Macaulay

Lord’s Masterplan architect : Herzog & de Meuron

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