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Populous appointed for next phase of Lord's project

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Populous has been appointed for the second phase of the redevelopment of Lord’s cricket ground in west London.

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has commissioned the architect to draw up detailed plans for the South-Western project, which includes replacements for the Tavern & Allen Stands, two new pavilion extensions, office and banqueting facilities and an upgrade to the Tavern Pub.

In March the practice won planning for the first stage of the ground’s wider overhaul - a £21million replacement for the 1958 Warner Stand.

The new £55million project is expected to take three years to complete, with construction beginning in 2016 and expected to be finished in time for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Derek Brewer, MCC’s Chief Executive & Secretary, said: ‘MCC is delighted to have appointed Populous as architects of the next phase of the Club’s masterplan. Populous have emerged from a highly competitive and rigorous selection process and, having worked with them in designing the new Warner Stand, we know how impressive their team is. We are confident Populous can meet what is a very complicated brief for the whole south-west corner of Lord’s.

‘It is vital that the Club enhances the facilities of Lord’s, and with this appointment, together with progress made already, MCC is right on track with its Masterplan. With other venues around the country making huge improvements, MCC can have no complacency whatsoever in its aim to secure future Test Matches and One Day Internationals for Lord’s.

‘In concentrating on redeveloping the Pavilion End of the Ground, Lord’s will be well placed to retain its worldwide status as the Home of Cricket.’

The wider development is set to cost approximately £200m with the first two development phases worth approximately £90m and scheduled to be completed by 2019, with the remaining phases to be built between 20102 - 2027. Previous plans by Herzog & de Meuron were shelved.

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