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Big practices battle for Lord's job

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has drawn up a stellar shortlist of architects to design the masterplan for the 200 million redevelopment of Lord’s Cricket Ground in north-west London.

Herzog & de Meuron, Dixon Jones, BDP, David Chipperfield Architects and Hopkins Architects will be asked to respond to a masterplan brief for the scheme, which will increase the capacity of the international stadium and improve cricketing facilities.

Architecture Foundation director Rowan Moore, who will assist MCC with the selection, said: ‘Lord’s is a special place, and it has also proved over the years how outstanding new architecture can enhance its character. With this exceptional list of architects, its traditions of intelligent commissioning will become even stronger in the future.’

The MCC is also looking into the possibility of utilising a Victorian underground tunnel built in 1897 to allow spectators to walk straight in to newly designed stands.

The judging panel will include Ricky Burdett and Tate director Nicholas Serota. A winner is expected to be announced early in the summer.

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