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AHMM's vision for Lord's abandoned

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) decided yesterday afternoon to discard plans by Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) for the redevelopment of Lord’s Cricket Ground

In a statement released last night the club said it had decided to ‘focus on developing Lord’s on a stand-by-stand basis, and on the Club’s freehold land only’.

The statement sited the changing economic condition as a factor of the decision and thanked Almacantar, the developer AHMM was working with, for their work over the past few months.

New proposals will focus on the re-building of the Tavern and Allen Stands at the Pavilion End of Lord’s.

Oliver Stocken, the Chairman of MCC, said, ‘Since the process of looking at the long-term development began some years ago, the Club has always prioritised the fundamental objective of maintaining and enhancing the reputation of Lord’s as the pre-eminent cricket ground in the world and the global home of cricket.’

‘The Club also made it clear that the Vision for Lord’s project was subject to both the financial viability of the proposed development as a whole and reaching an agreement with the ECB on the number of major matches to be played at Lord’s in the coming years.’

‘As reported at the AGM earlier this year, the Club has committed £3 million since 2008 on this complicated project.  During this period, the economic climate has changed substantially.  However, the Club was awarded the Platinum Package of major matches by the ECB in September 2011, and that has provided the Committee with the confidence to fund a redevelopment scheme on the Club’s freehold land, on its own.  This is the course of action that the Committee has today decided to pursue.’  

‘MCC would like to thank Almacantar, the property developers with whom we have been working over the last few months, for their work in presenting possible development options to the Club.  Ultimately, the Committee agreed on the way forward for the long-term redevelopment of Lord’s, probably beginning at the Pavilion End with the rebuilding and enhancement of the Tavern and Allen Stands, which will provide significantly improved amenities.’

Readers' comments (1)

  • A stand by stand approach can only be justified if there is a comprehensibe master plan. This is essential if an excellent architectural solution is to be obtained. This should have been done immediately after the Hopkins stand was built. Who better than to design the master plan!

    Peter Banting

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