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Populous wins planning for £80m second phase of Lord’s overhaul

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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.

Populous' Tavern and Allen Stands redevelopment project

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

Populous's vision to regenerate the Tavern and Allen Stands at Lord’s cricket ground in west London

Populous’s vision to regenerate the Tavern and Allen Stands at Lord’s cricket ground in west London

  • 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.






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