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Hospital vision mooted for Lord's

Plans for a hospital and luxury apartments at Lord’s cricket ground have been proposed as part of a revised Herzog and de Meuron-designed masterplan for the west London club

Lord’s has been offered £100 million and a £10 million donation to a young cricketers’ charity to allow the scheme to go ahead on its leasehold owned land.

The proposal – which features an extension to neighbouring Wellington hospital – has emerged almost six months after landowner Marylebone Cricket Club shelved an ambitious residential-led scheme for the same strip of land by AHMM for developer Almacantar. The club is now contesting a claim by Almacantar that it owes the developer £400,000.

The abandoned AHMM proposal was itself superseded by a £400 million Herzog and de Meuron-masterplanned vision for the entire west London site which halted in 2010 when an advisory group to the MCC was disbanded.

The latest vision is backed by Rifkind Levy Partnership (RLP) which owns a 999-year lease on land containing two disused Network Rail tunnels on the eastern edge of Lord’s fronting Wellington Road. The project’s development partner is Almacantar.

MCC owns a 125-year lease on the land’s surface and subsoil extending to roughly 45 centimetres and currently holds a temporary hospitality suite on the plot.

RLP said Herzog and de Meuron was currently re-amending its masterplan while an unnamed architect was working in conjunction with the famous Swiss studio on the hospital expansion proposal.

Alongside hospital facilities, RLP’s offer includes a museum, shop, fitness centre, nursery pavilion, sports injury clinic and guest suites for visiting players.

Parking and acute care hospital facilities would be located in disused tunnels beneath the site with apartments placed on the roof.

Improved public realm and a new gateway to the home of cricket are also proposed.

In contrast to AHMM’s earlier vision for four tall residential blocks, the latest proposal continues the scale and height of existing buildings along Wellington Road.

A spokesperson for the hospital said: ‘Our hospital is expanding all the time and demand from the local community and other sources for the complex medicine we provide is growing all the time. If we could find new ways of giving us space next to the hospital we would be very much interested in doing that.’

They added: ‘We would very much like to work with anyone who has an agreed plan that might benefit the hospital, the community, Lords and cricket as a whole.’

The MCC declined to comment on the hospital scheme and it is understood the club has played no part in drafting the proposal.

Populous was appointed by the MCC and given ‘carte blanche’ to look at the entire site in April, however the Olympic Stadium-designer’s proposals have yet to go before the club’s committee.


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