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.
In the summer of 2017, MCC released a Review of Development Plans to its Members which analysed two options for developing Lord’s – an Updated Masterplan and a proposal to build residential accommodation at the Nursery End.
After a period of consultation with the membership, the Committee recommended that the Club proceed with its Updated Masterplan. Members will vote on the recommendation at a Special General Meeting on 27 September.
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 space and;
- Making major improvements to the entrances to the Ground
The Warner Stand has already been redeveloped. The next major phase will be to redevelop new, larger Compton and Edrich stands from late 2019.
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 Updated Masterplan is projected to be completed in 2032.