The South-Western Project (SWP) is the single largest phase of the Masterplan for the redevelopment of Lord’s.
Designed by Populous, the architects of the new Warner Stand at Lord’s as well as iconic venues such as the London Olympic Stadium and the Emirates, the SWP entails: a replacement for the Tavern and Allen Stands; a new Thomas Lord Building; a new Lord's Tavern pub; and internal reorganisation of the Pavilion and Memorial Building to provide more room for cricket teams and staff.
It also will aim to open up the area around the Grace Gates on St John’s Wood Road to establish a more welcoming public realm.
The key components of the scheme are:
A new Tavern & Allen Stand – a single structure to replace the existing two. The design incorporates 5,200 seats, an increase of 1,082 seats compared to the existing stand.
A new Thomas Lord Building with a street-facing reception, a banqueting suite, and offices for MCC staff.
A new Tavern pub, opening into the Harris Garden as well as onto the street.
Enhancement of the area around the Grace Gates to establish a more welcoming, pedestrian-friendly public realm.
A new Harris Garden Building with a bar facing out onto the Garden and additional dressing rooms both for squash and tennis players, and to better accommodate double header matches.
Reorganisation of the Pavilion to enlarge the dressing rooms, and convert a current office, physio room and women’s toilets on the corridor between the two dressing rooms into space for team management and a players’ gym.
An enlarged and deepened basement which will enable vehicles to make deliveries directly to catering facilities etc. underground, removing the need to use the Grace Gate entrance.
As is the case with the proposed new Warner Stand, the floodlight will be incorporated into the stand, reducing the visual impact of the shaft.
There are several key reasons why the Club is choosing to develop this area of the Ground:
The Tavern and Allen stands are no longer fit for purpose. They have poor accessibility with no passenger lifts, no facilities for people with disabilities, and limited catering and WC facilities.
There is scope to increase the capacity of this part of Lord’s, to better satisfy demand from Members;
It presents the opportunity to restore the special ceremonial nature of the Grace Gates, by taking delivery traffic underground below the Thomas Lord Building and new stand, and making the entrance to Lord’s more pedestrian- and public-friendly;
It can incorporate a large basement, which will enable waste management and back-of-house operations to be taken underground and improve circulation;
The Thomas Lord Building will house new staff offices and a new reception, which will improve both MCC’s operational efficiency and security.
MCC submitted the planning application to Westminster City Council in July, and hopes it will be determined by the end of 2015. It requested a five-year consent from Westminster, to provide flexibility in the building timetable and reflect the fact that staging arrangements for major matches for the period 2019-2022 will not now be finalised until 2017.
In making the submission, the Club has requested a five-year consent from Westminster, as opposed to the normal three years, to provide greater flexibility, given that staging arrangements for major matches for the period 2019-2022 will not now be finalised until 2017.
Planning consent is expected to be determined by the end of the year. The five year consent will enable MCC to react appropriately to its major match awards and to implement the planning consented development to a programme that best meets these awarded matches.
Accordingly, the earliest date that the SWP can commence in its current form is Autumn 2019.