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What is the Masterplan for Lord's?

On 1 May 2013, MCC unveiled a new Masterplan for the redevelopment of Lord's.

A phased-plan spanning a period of 14 years, the Masterplan will commence with the redevelopment of the Warner Stand in Autumn 2015.

The Allen, Tavern, Compton and Edrich stands will also be rebuilt as part of the Masterplan, which is estimated to cost between £180 million - £200 million.

MCC's Strategic Plan commits the Club to ensuring that Lord’s is the finest ground in the world, and, aside from improvements to facilities, the Masterplan reflects the importance placed on: retaining the size of both the Main and Nursery Grounds;  establishing individual, architecturally-significant stands; and maintaining the unique character of Lord’s with gardens and trees.

The Masterplan includes:

  • Rebuilt Warner, Tavern & Allen, Compton and Edrich Stands;
  • The resiting of the Nursery Ground towards the Wellington Road, over the Club’s leasehold land;
  • A new entrance on Grove End Road
  • Extensions to the Pavilion to reinstate its symmetry and establish more pitch-facing facilities for players and match officials;
  • An increase to the capacity of Lord’s by 2,700 to 32,000;
  • New buildings at the North, East and Grace Gates incorporating banqueting facilities, retail space and offices for MCC and ECB staff;
  • A new Food “Street” behind the Compton and Edrich Stands to replace the existing Food Village; and
  • New, subterranean car-parking, access routes, waste management, catering and storage facilities.

Introducing the Masterplan

Two phase plan

The Masterplan is divided into two distinct phases.

Phase one

The first period of construction work will be funded entirely from the Club's own resources and will take place from 2014 - 2019.

  • The rebuilding of the Warner stand with an addition of 700 new seats, due for completion in 2016;
  • The establishment of a new Garden Entrance through the existing car park in  Grove End Road, starting in 2014, alongside improved and enlarged Museum, Library and Reception facilities; and
  • New Tavern and Allen Stands including 2,000 new seats, a new Thomas Lord Building, and extensions to the Pavilion. These works  will be completed in time for the 2019 ICC World Cup. ECB staff will be temporarily relocated to the new Thomas Lord Building.

Phase two

Following a pause to host the ICC World Cup, the Club will embark on phase two between 2020 - 2027.

Phase two will be funded through a combination of MCC funds and sensible levels of borrowing.

  • A new Food “Street” behind the back of the Compton and Edrich Stands;
  • In 2021, a new East Gate building, including a subterranean service entrance, and housing banqueting and retail facilities, due for completion in 2024;
  • The removal of the Nursery Pavilion and extension of the Nursery Ground onto the Club’s leasehold land – for use by the 2025 season;
  • A new North Gate building to house ECB, starting in 2024 and complete by 2027; and
  • Reconstruction of the Compton and Edrich Stands to establish better-quality seating, with potential extra flexible capacity, commencing in 2027.

Planning permission for the Masterplan will not be sought as a whole. Instead the Masterplan provides a long-term context for separate planning applications.


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