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Herzog & de Meuron upgrade for Lord's cricket ground unveiled

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Images of the improvement plans for Lord’s cricket ground by Herzog & de Meuron have been revealed in The Times today

Images courtesy of The Times

Herzog & de Meuron’s £400 million all-weather expansion plans for the Lord’s cricket ground in St John’s Wood were unveiled earlier today (18 November). The proposals show the North London site considerably expanded - above and below ground - with the Tavern, Warner, Compton, Edrich and Allen stands being demolished in favour of five Herzog & de Meuron designed replacements.

The development, which will increase capacity by almost 8,000 to nearly 37,000, is allegedly dependent on Lord’s retaining two Tests a year from the ECB.

Media sources speculate that work is unlikely to begin until 2011 on what Robert Griffiths, chairman of the development committee, is calling ‘the most challenging task the club has ever taken on.’ The scheme has already been delayed, having been due to go on public display earlier this year.

Arguably the most interesting part of the development will happen underground; a multi-purpose space is intended for beneath the Nursery Ground, including a library with archives, conference facilities, a museum, cinema and bar. At the heart of the underground development is a new cricket academy, featuring artificial pitches which will simulate overseas batting conditions, defined by categories such as ‘Perth’ and ‘Bangalore’.

Traditionalists will be pleased to know that the current plans involve the preservation of the Grace Gates, although only for pedestrian access. As part of an image overhaul to ‘project an impression of a more welcoming venue’, the perimeter wall along Wellington Road will be replaced with railings.

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