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Planning permission for an innovative replacement of the Warner Stand, the first stage of MCC's Masterplan for Lord's, was submitted to Westminster City Council on Friday 29 November.
The stand will dramatically improve the views from 600 seats that currently have very poor sightlines, and provide a new state-of-the-art match control and match officials’ facility. It also includes a spectacular 135-seat restaurant with commanding views over the Ground.
The new stand, which has been designed by Populous – the architects of such iconic sports venues as the London 2012 Olympic Stadium, Emirates Stadium and AELTC Wimbledon Centre Court – combines world-class facilities with innovative architecture.
Providing cover to the new stand will be a semi-translucent fabric roof, supported by a timber structure. This style of roof – the first of its kind in the country – will reduce shadowing from the stand on to the playing area, whilst also ensuring that those sitting in the stand benefit from both shade and a high degree of natural light.
The Warner Stand is being developed first for three principal reasons. First, to improve viewing for MCC Members and their friends; secondly, because of the need drastically to improve the match control and officials’ facilities; thirdly, because it is in the most constrained corner of the Ground, and MCC must build out from it. As such, the relatively small capacity increase is simply a welcome by-product of improving the facilities and spectator experience.
This new stand will provide Members with more seats that offer an excellent view of cricket from an extremely popular location in the Ground.
The existing stand has some 600 seats that were compromised by the rebuilding of the Grand Stand in 1998. The new Warner Stand has been creatively designed to both increase capacity and to offer great views for Members and their guests.
It can be seen as a microcosm of what MCC is trying to achieve with its Masterplan – an improved spectator experience, facilities that will put the Club in the best possible position to host major matches, improved circulation around the Ground, all within an iconic architectural environment.
The planning application for the new stand – which will increase its overall capacity from around 2,800 to around 2,900 – was submitted to Westminster City Council on Friday 29 November.
If planning approval is granted and MCC Members subsequently give their approval, the new stand will become the first Members’ stand to be built at the Ground since the Tavern Stand in 1967.
MCC is not seeking planning permission for the Masterplan as a whole. Instead the Masterplan provides a long-term context for separate planning applications. The aim is to have completed a significant amount of the redevelopment at the Pavilion End of the Ground in time for the 2019 World Cup, which is being hosted in England.
The proposed budget for the new stand is £21 million, which is being funded directly by MCC.