MCC has been granted planning permission by Westminster City Council to redevelop the south-western corner of Lord’s.
The South-Western Project will begin in autumn 2019: new Tavern & Allen Stand – a single structure to replace the existing two – 5,200 seats, an increase of 1,082 seats compared to the existing stand; new Thomas Lord Building with a street-facing reception, a banqueting suite, and offices for MCC staff; 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.
Work on phase one of the Masterplan for Lord’s, the redevelopment of the Warner Stand, began in September this year with the new stand to be completed by the 2017 season.
The stand will however be in use during the 2016 season, to allow Lord’s to operate at full seating capacity during major matches.