MCC has announced a new Masterplan for the development of Lord’s Ground.
The phased plan will commence with the redevelopment of the Warner Stand in the autumn of 2014 and finish with the reconstruction of the Compton and Edrich Stands in 2027.
The Masterplan has been informed by MCC’s ten-year Strategic Plan, which was adopted in late 2012. Consequently, the need for the Club to secure two Tests and two ODIs in years where there are two touring teams underpins the entire Masterplan.
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The Strategic Plan commits the Club to ensuring that Lord’s is the finest ground in the world, and, aside from improvements to facilities, the Masterplan reflects the importance placed on: retaining the size of both the Main and Nursery Grounds; establishing individual, architecturally-significant stands; and maintaining the unique character of Lord’s with gardens and trees.
The plan was compiled by MCC’s Ground Working Party (GWP), presented to the Committee on 10th April, and to Members at the Club’s AGM this afternoon. It is estimated that the entire project will cost between £180 million - £200 million. The first phases of development, totaling £90 million from 2014-2019, will be funded entirely from the Club’s own resources. The remaining phases, from 2021-2027, will be funded through a combination of MCC funds and sensible levels of borrowing.
The Masterplan includes:
- Rebuilt Warner, Tavern & Allen, Compton and Edrich Stands;
- The resiting of the Nursery Ground towards the Wellington Road, over the Club’s leasehold land;
- A new entrance on Grove End Road which will be the main point of access on non-match days, and will supersede the Grace Gates as the Members’ entrance on match days;
- Extensions to the Pavilion to reinstate its symmetry and establish more pitch-facing facilities for players and match officials;
- An increase to the capacity of Lord’s by 2,700 to 32,000;
- New buildings at the North, East and Grace Gates incorporating banqueting facilities, retail space and offices for MCC and ECB staff;
- A new Food “Street” behind the Compton and Edrich Stands to replace the existing Food Village; and
- New, subterranean car-parking, access routes, waste management, catering and storage facilities.
A priority of the GWP – under the chairmanship of Colin Maber, the architect responsible for the redevelopment of Trent Bridge, working alongside Populous – has been to improve the circulation in the Ground. This will be achieved by incorporating more bar and restaurant facilities within the new stands and the development of subterranean access facilities to reduce service traffic.
The first period of construction work will include:
- The rebuilding of the Warner stand with an addition of 700 new seats, due for completion in 2016;
- The establishment of a new Garden Entrance through the existing car park in Grove End Road, starting in 2014, and completed in 2017, alongside improved and enlarged Museum, Library and Reception facilities; and
- New Tavern and Allen Stands including 2,000 new seats, a new Thomas Lord Building, and extensions to the Pavilion. These works are due to start in 2016, and will be completed in time for the 2019 ICC World Cup. ECB staff will be temporarily relocated to the new Thomas Lord Building.
After a pause to host the ICC World Cup, the second period of construction work will commence at the end of the 2020 season, and will entail:
- A new Food “Street” behind the back of the Compton and Edrich Stands;
- In 2021, a new East Gate building, including a subterranean service entrance, and housing banqueting and retail facilities, due for completion in 2024;
- The removal of the Nursery Pavilion and extension of the Nursery Ground onto the Club’s leasehold land – for use by the 2025 season;
- A new North Gate building to house ECB, starting in 2024 and complete by 2027; and
- Reconstruction of the Compton and Edrich Stands to establish better-quality seating, with potential extra flexible capacity, commencing in 2027.
MCC President, Mike Griffith, said: "This Masterplan has cricket at its heart. Every MCC Member cares deeply for our wonderful Ground, and we have a duty to ensure any changes made to Lord’s reflect the love we have for cricket, its history and its heritage.
"Lord’s is the Home of Cricket and this Masterplan will reinforce the special place the Ground has within the game by making it even better for every player and spectator who comes here. This is an incredibly exciting day not just for MCC, but for cricket lovers all over the world."
Colin Maber, the Chairman of MCC’s Ground Working Party and Estates committee, said: "The Masterplan has been designed to provide a framework within which Ground development over the next 15 years can be set.
"The phased approach allows room for flexibility and evolution. Our key principles – on the absolute need to retain the size of both grounds, on keeping Lord’s as a Ground rather than making it a stadium, on the importance of green open spaces, and on enhancing the experience for every visitor – will underpin all we do.
"It is advanced work in progress, but can be flexed to reflect changing economic circumstances, technology and research."
MCC is not seeking planning permission for the Masterplan as a whole. Instead the Masterplan provides a long-term context for separate planning applications. It is proposed that the first application – for the new Warner Stand and the new Garden Entrance at Grove End Road – will be submitted to Westminster City Council at the end of this year. Approval for these projects will be sought from MCC Members in the spring of 2014, upon receipt of planning permission.