Mayor of London Boris Johnson has rubberstamped Populous’s plans to regenerate the Tavern and Allen Stands at Lord’s cricket ground in west London
The £80 million project for the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) – approved by Westminster City Council last month – will create an additional 1,082 seats in the south-west corner of the historic venue.
In June last year the Mayor gave the £21million redevelopment of the Warner Stand the green light and work began on the 2,656-seater stand, also designed by Populous, in September.
Planned to start on site in 2019, the latest project will replace the existing Tavern and Allen Stands - both deemed ‘no longer fit for purpose’ – with a single structure featuring a new ‘pedestrian-friendly’ entrance.
A new Thomas Lord Building and Tavern pub will also be included in the project which features a large basement for deliveries and catering facilities.
The neighbouring Pavilion Stand will, furthermore, be reorganised to increase accommodation for teams and staff.
The redevelopment is the second stage in a £200 million Populous-designed masterplan to expand the venue’s capacity by 2,700 to nearly 32,000.
Derek Brewer, MCC chief executive and secretary, said the club was ‘delighted’ to win the ‘mayor’s endorsement’ for its latest project. He added: ‘A five-year consent was submitted because the club awaits the England and Wales Cricket Board’s decision – expected in 2017 – on the programme of international matches for 2019-2022.
‘Today’s announcement means the club can conclude the legal procedures associated with the planning consent and look forward to making progress on these ambitious plans from autumn 2019 onwards.’
In detail: Lord’s Tavern and Allen Stands redevelopment
- A new Tavern & Allen Stand – a single structure to replace the existing two. The design incorporates 5,200 seats, an increase of 1,082 seats compared to the existing stand.
- A new Thomas Lord Building with a street-facing reception, a banqueting suite, and offices for MCC staff.
- A new Tavern pub, opening into the Harris Garden rather than onto the street.
- Enhancement of the area around the Grace Gates to establish a more welcoming, pedestrian-friendly public realm.
- A new Harris Garden Building with a bar facing out onto the Garden and additional dressing rooms both for squash and tennis players, and to better accommodate double header matches.
- Reorganisation of the Pavilion to enlarge the dressing rooms, and convert a current office, physio room and women’s toilets on the corridor between the two dressing rooms into space for team management and a players’ gym.
- An enlarged and deepened basement which will enable vehicles to make deliveries directly to catering facilities etc. underground, removing the need to use the Grace Gate entrance.