MCC has received planning permission from Westminster City Council for the new Warner Stand at Lord’s.
The new structure will replace the current Warner Stand which was built in 1958, and marks the first major phase of development in the fifteen-year Masterplan for Lord’s, which was unveiled in May 2013.
The new Warner Stand will dramatically improve sightlines, improve circulation, and provide a new state-of-the-art match control and match officials’ facility – a crucial component of MCC’s future bids to secure international matches at Lord’s.
Gallery: The new Warner Stand at Lord's
The innovative design – which has been developed by Populous, the architects of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium – includes a semi-translucent fabric cover, supported by an oak-beamed roof structure, which is the first of its kind in the country.
The new building also includes a 135-seat restaurant with commanding views over the Ground and radically improves on the current stand’s accessibility and sustainability credentials. Seating for spectators with disabilities and mobility needs accounts for 4% of the total capacity of 2,922.
Solar panels and a waste water collection and recycling system have also been incorporated.
MCC Chief Executive & Secretary, Derek Brewer, said: "I am delighted that Westminster City Council has granted planning permission for what will be a wonderful new addition to Lord’s. MCC wants Lord’s to be the world’s finest cricket ground, and this new stand combines the best in architecture with world-class facilities to help achieve that.
"Lord’s celebrates its 200th birthday this year, and we have a duty to ensure any changes made to the Ground will stand the test of time and bring long-term benefits. It is incumbent on MCC to host the best possible matches at Lord’s – for the Club’s Members and other spectators who want to see the finest players at the Ground, and for the associated benefits to the economy and status of St John’s Wood and Westminster.
"MCC has a strong commitment to consultation with our local community and the scale of our engagement with them – together with the Club’s Members – will continue to increase as the process moves forward.
"Many months of work by an excellent team has developed plans for a stand which will grace Lord’s for many years to come."
Subject to the approval of MCC Members next summer, the two-phase construction of the stand is due to begin at the end of the 2015 season, in order to ensure there is still a fully operational stand in place for next season’s Australia Test.
The first phase of construction will establish the two tiers of seating and match control facilities and will be completed for the Pakistan Test Match in 2016.
The second phase – in which the roof, catering facilities and services will be built – will begin in the off-season of 2016/17 and completed in time for the first major match of the 2017 season.
In the meantime, MCC continues to press ahead with its development plans, with the architects’ competition for the new Tavern and Allen Stands already underway.