[FIRST LOOK + PLANS] Populous has unveiled 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) will create an additional 1,400 seats in the south-west corner of the historic venue.
Planned to complete in 2019, the scheme 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.
MCC chief executive and secretary Derek Brewer said: ‘The South-Western Project will ensure facilities for players, match officials, supporters and MCC Members are of the highest possible standard by modernising areas of the ground that have become tired.’
He continued: ‘MCC is committed to maintaining Lord’s as the finest cricket ground in the world, and this project also provides a wonderful new front door to the Home of Cricket.’
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.
MCC members will vote on whether to approve the start of the new Warner Stand’s construction at the club’s annual general meeting next month.
A fresh review of David Morley Architects’s mothballed Blueprint for Lord’s – which offers a £200 million windfall for the venue – will also be put forward for members of the prestigious club to approve at the meeting in May.
The surprise move came 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.
A planning application for the Tavern and Allen Stands redevelopment is expected to be submitted to local authority Westminster City Council this summer.
Revealed: £80m second phase of Populous’ Lord’s overhaul