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The Populous-designed stand at Lord’s approved by mayor

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The mayor of London has approved Populous’ plans to redevelop a stand at Lord’s Cricket Ground. The new Warner Stand will provide 2,832 seats with improved views of the ground and new catering and hospitality facilities.

The £21m project is the first major phase of the Marylebone Cricket Club’s £200m, 15-year redevelopment of Lord’s.

Populous proposed a unique semi-translucent fabric roof supported by a timber structure to protect spectators while reducing shadows from the stand on to the pitch.

The mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said:

There is no better way to spend a warm summer’s afternoon than listening to the glorious sound of leather on willow at the home of cricket, Lord’s.

The new Warner Stand combines the very best of 21st-century architecture with state-of-the-art facilities and will enhance the overall visitor experience by improving sight-lines and accessibility, with a new restaurant overlooking the field of play.

The Stand will enrich the unique character of Lord’s and ensure that it remains the most idyllic cricket venue in the world for many years to come.