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Contest opens door for new architects at Lords

The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has launched the search for a development partner, potentially with its own design team, to deliver new housing at Lord’s Cricket Ground, in St John’s Wood, London

The proposed residential development, which sits within the larger Vision for Lords drawn up by Herzog & de Meuron (AJ 19.11.09), will stretch along the eastern side of the ‘home of cricket’ on Wellington Road.

Alistair Parker from global real estate adviser and search organiser Cushman & Wakefield said there was a ‘distinct possibility’ other architects could be brought in by the development team and that the eventual winner was not tied to using Herzog & de Meuron for the housing scheme.

He added: ‘We are looking for development partners with a first class track record who understand the nature of this opportunity and are used to working with landowners like the MCC, whose primary role is not development, but running a major sporting or cultural operation of international standing.

‘[In terms of architects] there are no definites at this stages.’

MCC’s vision for the redevelopment of Lord’s Cricket Ground includes: an increase in seating for spectators from 29,500 to around 37,000; a new cricket academy; new Lord’s museum and library together with shops and exhibition space.  The playing area of the Nursery Ground will also be increased by 20 per cent served by a new pavilion, dressing rooms, bar and score box.

The development, along the eastern side of the ground on Wellington Road, is expected to substantially fund the first phase of the MCC’s multi million pound ‘Vision for Lord’s’, which was unveiled in late 2009. 

Cushman & Wakefield intends to shortlist prospective development partners for the MCC in the summer with the final selection targeted for completion by September 2010.

Subject to achieving planning permission, work is scheduled to start on site after the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, when Lord’s will host the archery competition. 


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