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Lord's set for a makeover

Team selection has long been a problem for English cricket and now the MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) has begun the arduous task of finding a ‘safe pair of hands’ to take on the masterplanning of Lord's.

The revamp of the test ground in north-west London (and the home of English cricket), which already boasts the Monocoque media centre by Future Systems, would be one of the most coveted prizes in sports stadium design.

The MCC wants to carry out a £200 million overhaul of the existing facilities and boost the capacity of Lord's from 10,000 to 38,500.

A shortlist of top-order firms has already been selected and details of the lucky finalists (likely to be between four and six) will be announced next month.

David Batts, MCC’s masterplan project director, said: ‘We have recently completed the analysis of the research we carried out among MCC members on their priorities and preferences for the future of Lord’s.

‘Nearly half of MCC’s membership responded and there was overwhelming backing to support the improvement of Lord’s for future generations of cricketers, cricket fans and, of course, members.

Batts added: ‘To achieve this we are in the process of appointing a masterplan architect, who will be tasked with preparing a development plan which will provide an overall approach to the design and layout for the entire Lord’s site.

'A preliminary brief has been sent out to a number of UK and international practices and a shortlist of architects will be announced in the next few weeks.’

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