At the 2013 AGM, MCC unveiled its Masterplan for the redevelopment of Lord’s.
It is a phased development aimed at improving and modernising facilities for everyone who uses, visits and works at the Ground whilst preserving its unique charm and character.
In essence, it aims to secure the position of Lord’s as the finest ground in the world to watch and play cricket.
In an increasingly competitive landscape, it is important that MCC is able to demonstrate to both the England & Wales Cricket Board and Westminster City Council that it has a cohesive plan to develop and improve the entire Ground over the short, medium and long term.
The Masterplan is not set in stone, it can evolve over time to reflect changing priorities, financial circumstances, and maybe even a changing game. However, it does lay down key priorities and principles for the development of the Ground.
The Masterplan encompasses:
- The replacement of five stands – the Warner, Tavern, Allen, Compton and Edrich
- Providing updated match officials’ and players’ areas
- New banqueting, retail and MCC office spaceand;
- Making major improvements to the entrances to the Ground
A fundamental aspiration of the Masterplan is to reduce the conflict between spectators and services within Lord’s, increasing its operational efficiency and thereby improving the experience for visitors. It also upholds the importance of retaining the size of both the Main and Nursery playing areas.
Every new addition to the Ground will be architecturally significant, distinct from but complementary to other existing buildings, to ensure Lord’s remains unmistakably a cricket ground rather than a stadium, and one that makes the most of its green spaces.
The focus on the Masterplan before 2019 is to redevelop the oldest stands in the Ground in time for that year’s ICC Cricket World Cup.
These stands are the Warner, Tavern and Allen, which will provide much-needed improvements and capacity increases to the Members’ Friends’ Enclosures.
After the World Cup, the focus will turn to providing improved banqueting, retail and office space, upgrading the entrances to the Ground, redeveloping the Compton and Edrich stands, and specifically creating a new Thomas Lord Building and a new East Gate Building.