Lord’s Cricket Ground is getting a modern makeover. Part of the plans to redevelop large sections of the Home of Cricket by 2032, leading architects firm Wilkinson Eyre have just released visualisations showing two new stands which will sit either side of the Stirling Prize-winning Media Centre.
Planning application has been submitted by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) to replace the Compton and Edrich Stands at Lord’s along with some images created by Wilkinson Eyre. The new stands will have a capacity of 11,500 – 2,500 more than the existing stands – meaning the ground’s overall capacity will increase to 30,500.
The pair of stands will each be three tiers high and will sit directly alongside the Media Centre for the first time. Both stands will have restaurants in the central tier and will incorporate large media screens, while a walkway will connect the stands and overlook the Nursery Ground.
“We are very aware of the responsibility we have to protect everything that makes Lord’s so special, and we are delighted with the positive feedback we’ve already received from our membership,” said Guy Lavender, MCC chief executive.
The development of the Compton and Edrich Stands is the second phase of the major redevelopment plan for Lord’s with Populous’ Warner Stand the first to be completed. Once the Compton and Edrich Stands are completed in 2021, the East Gate Building and Nursery Ground will be redeveloped between 2021 and 2027, while the Tavern and Allen Stands are scheduled to be rebuilt and the North Gate Building will be developed by 2032.
Check out the Wilkinson Eyre plans over at their Website.
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