In 2017 MCC Members voted to develop the Ground from the Club’s own resources without recourse to enabling residential development. The Club continued with plans for the second phase of the Masterplan redeveloping the Compton & Edrich Stands, designed by two-time Stirling Prize winners WilkinsonEyre.
In January 2019, MCC was granted permission by Westminster City Council to construct the two new three-tier stands.
Reasons for Development
To provide two new modern public seated stands equipped with lifts and amenities which meet current day standards.
To vastly improve the sightlines and drastically reduce the amount of restricted view seats, while increasing the capacity by 2,600.
- There is a requirement to provide wheelchair positions and amenity seats – the designs include these accessible seats at all levels of the stands.
- Along with accessible seating, there is a need to provide toilets and changing facilities for spectators with accessibility needs.
- To incorporate food and beverage and washroom facilities within the stands.
- To improve the crowd circulation at the back of the stands.
The new Compton & Edrich Stands
Construction of the new stands started in late August 2019 and was completed for the 2021 season.
The three-tier stands accommodate around 11,500 members of the public with a connecting walkway between the two stands overlooking the Nursery Ground – this enables spectators to move between the stands aiding circulation.