MCC has secured the Best Development or New Facility award at this year’s Business of Cricket Awards (BOCAs), for the recently redeveloped Compton and Edrich stands at Lord’s.
Judges praised the stands for their sustainability features which include being heated and cooled entirely from renewable energy, and green walls made up of 12,000 plants to provide wildlife habitats which help reduce the venue’s urban heat island effect. It was also noted that the stands provide better viewing for fans and much improved, and easy to access food and drink facilities.
The stands, which were opened by then-MCC President Kumar Sangakkara in 2021, were eligible to win the prize due to the qualifying period being extended as a result of the Covid pandemic.
Working with architects, WilkinsonEyre and constructors, ISG, the stands were the product of a fact-finding exercise which studied the best fresh-thinking ideas and emerging design features of stands and stadia from all sports around the world.
MCC visited the best of stadia development in Adelaide, Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester and London, amongst others in order to develop a design brief for the new stands.
As well as sustainability, the Compton and Edrich stands were also designed with inclusion in mind. An integrated prayer room and a permanent Changing Place washroom with hoist, shower and couch feature in the new development.
Robert Ebdon, MCC Estates Director, said: “We are delighted that the long-term planning and diligent work that went into redeveloping the Compton and Edrich Stands has been recognised through this coveted prize.
“The stands reaffirm MCC’s commitment to sustainability and inclusivity, whilst also enhancing the matchday experience for spectators coming to the Home of Cricket.”
MCC Foundation was also a finalist for the Community Engagement Campaign of the Year at this year’s BOCAs, for its Afghan Refugee project.