Populous has won planning permission 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 night (27 October) – will create an additional 1,400 seats in the south-west corner of the historic venue.
Planned to start on site in 2019, the 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 32,000.
A £21 million regeneration of the Warner Stand – also designed by Populous – will be the first element of the masterplan to start on site later this year.
A fresh review of David Morley Architects’s mothballed Blueprint for Lord’s – which offers a £200 million windfall for the venue – will meanwhile present its findings to members at a special general meeting expected to take place before the end of this year.
The review was launched in May roughly a year after MCC members voted to defer a decision on the Nursery End proposal – which is backed by Rifkind Levy Partnership (RLP) – and focus instead on redeveloping the ground’s south-western corner and Warner Stand (see AJ 08.05.14).
Morley’s original proposal included two 11-storey blocks of flats plus a new entrance on Wellington Road and enlarged events and broadcasting facilities.
The Nursery End site has previously been the focus of shelved MCC-backed regeneration plans by both Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) and Herzog & de Meuron.
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.