Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has been given planning permission for a new 2,922-capacity stand at Lord’s Cricket Ground in north London. Designed by Populous, the new £21m structure was given the green light by Westminster City Council and will replace the historic Warner Stand.
The innovative design has a number of eco-friendly aspects, including solar panels and a waste water collection system. The new stand will be covered by a semi-translucent fabric cover, which will be supported by an oak-beamed roof structure. Facilities within the stand will include a 135-seat restaurant with views over the Ground and the project is being funded by the MCC.
The new stand is Phase 1 of a £200m, 14-year redevelopment of the ‘home of cricket’, which will increase the venue’s capacity from 28,000 to 32,000, and make it the largest cricket ground in Europe.
The MCC hopes to complete a significant amount of the redevelopment work at the Pavilion End of Lord’s, which includes new Allen and Tavern stands, in time for the 2019 World Cup.
Derek Brewer, MCC CEO, said:
This will be a wonderful new addition to Lord’s. We want Lord’s to be the world’s finest cricket ground, and the new stand combines the best in architecture with world-class facilities to help achieve that.