In 2014 MCC received planning permission from Westminster City Council to replace the Warner Stand.
Construction will begin in September 2015, subject to approval from MCC Members.
The Warner Stand is the first stand to be developed for three principal reasons:
The existing stand contains around 600 restricted view seats. The new Warner Stand has been designed to reduce this number to little more than 100 seats. It is impossible to eliminate all restricted view seats in anything other than a circular "bowl" style stadium.
There is a drastic need to improve the match-control and officials’ facilities within the stand. These have been described by ICC as the second worst in world cricket, and Lord’s is marked down on them when it bids for matches.
The Warner Stand is in the most constrained corner of the Ground, and the Club must develop this area first while it still has good access through to the stand for construction traffic from No. 6 Car Park.
The Warner Stand was completed in 1958 and is no longer fit for purpose. Aside from the poor sightlines from hundreds of seats in the stand, and the sub-standard match-control facility, the stand has no lifts and too few entrances and exits, meaning it cannot cater for wheelchair users or those with mobility difficulties.
Warner Stand Plans
The new stand will have 2,656 seats, and combines outstanding facilities with innovative architecture and will include the features listed below.
Two tiers of seating on a steeper gradient than the current stand, thus greatly improving sightlines.
A new match-control and match officials’ facility which will exceed ICC and ECB standards and make Lord’s a world leader in this area.
More amenities within the stand for Members and their friends, including a restaurant, three bars and catering facilities.
The relocation and incorporation of the existing retractable floodlight, to integrate the floodlight mast with the architecture to reduce the visual impact of the shaft.
Improved access to the stand, with inclusive facilities for all spectators and greater provision of seats for those with disabilities and mobility needs. In total, wheelchair positions and amenity seating with greater width, leg room or both, account for 4% of the overall capacity, which significantly exceeds conventionally accepted best practice.
Ground-source heat pumps to provide heating for water, and photovoltaic roof panels for electricity generation.
An environmentally friendly system that collects and recycles water.
"Green" or living walls to the rear elevation of the stand to create a softer garden wall effect for neighbours to view.
An enlarged basement, with waste sorting and storage facilities, which will reduce the need to collect waste from the stand during the course of a match day.
Providing cover to the new stand will be a semi-translucent fabric roof, supported by cantilevered oak beams. This style of roof is the first of its kind in the country, and is reflective both of advances in timber technology and a modern preference for the use of sustainable, replaceable materials in architecture.
The fabric will ensure most spectators in the stand and all users of the restaurant benefit from both shade and a high degree of natural light.
The new stand can be seen as a microcosm of what MCC is trying to achieve with its Masterplan – an improved experience for all spectators, facilities that will put the Club in the best possible position to host major matches, improved circulation around the Ground, all within an iconic architectural environment.
If MCC Members give their approval, the new stand will become the first new Members’ Friends’ Enclosure to be built at the Ground since the Tavern Stand in 1967.