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WilkinsonEyre scoops Lord’s redevelopment job

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has chosen architects WilkinsonEyre to design two new stands in the next phase of development at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The firm was selected from a shortlist of five highly-regarded architectural practices which took part in a design competition and met an MCC interview panel at the end of last year.

The other practices who made submissions were KSS, Make, David Miller Architects and Populous.

The rebuilding of the Compton and Edrich Stands is the next phase of the MCC Updated Masterplan, which was approved by its Members at a Special General Meeting in September 2017.

WilkinsonEyre has an impressive portfolio of projects in the UK and overseas. It has designed sporting venues for both London 2012 and Rio 2016, iconic visitor attractions in Singapore and in the UK and a range of beautiful bridges worldwide.

It is currently responsible for the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Battersea Power Station in London.

Guy Lavender, chief executive and secretary of MCC, said:

The standard of competition for this project was extremely high and the interview panel was delighted with the quality of the submissions from all five firms.

WilkinsonEyre presented a beautifully crafted design of two new stands which pays great respect to the existing Media Centre and yet delivers sufficient height to accommodate significantly more public seats than the existing structures.  Their design really excited the members of the panel, who were unanimous in their view that the WilkinsonEyre scheme would be the most fitting for Lord’s.

Detailed work on the design will begin immediately. It is hoped that, subject to the appropriate consent being obtained from Westminster City Council and the subsequent approval of MCC Members, construction work will commence after Lord’s hosts the final of the men’s ICC Cricket World Cup in the summer of 2019.

The work will be led by WilkinsonEyre founding director Jim Eyre. He said:

We are delighted to have been selected by MCC to work with them on this prestigious project at Lord’s, ‘the Home of Cricket’, to design world-class replacements for the Compton and Edrich Stands.