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Fresh Herzog & de Meuron Lord’s plans unveiled

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The latest version of Herzog & de Meuron’s masterplan for the regeneration of Lord’s cricket ground has surfaced

The new image illustrates how a £100 million windfall from a proposed hospital and residential development could fund an overhaul of the Warner, Allen and Tavern stands.

Under the plans the three stands would be rebuilt at a cost of £20 million each leaving enough funds to also rebuild the club’s Compton and Edrich stands.

The windfall would therefore enable Lord’s to realise the stand improvements initially set out in Herzog & de Meuron’s previously abandoned masterplan for the site.

Designed by a yet-to-be-named architect, the proposal to extend neighbouring Wellington hospital is part of a revised Herzog and de Meuron-designed masterplan for the west London club which was unveiled earlier this month.

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. Temporary planning permission for a David Morley-designed marquee on the land is set to expire in November 2013.

The 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.

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.

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The abandoned AHMM proposal was itself superseded by a £400 million Herzog and de Meuron-masterplanned vision for the entire west London site which halted in 2010 when an advisory group to the MCC was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

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.


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