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AHMM lands Lord's cricket ground bonanza

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AHMM has been appointed to take on a major role in the £400 million redevelopment of Lord’s cricket ground

The practice has been asked by developer Almacantar, which is headed by the former head of Land Securities’ London division Mike Hussey, to design luxury homes, a cricket academy, galleries, museum and shops at the home of the famous Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

Herzog & de Meuron had previously drawn up an ambitious masterplan for the ground (AJ 19.11.09), however that ‘vision’ was effectively put on hold after Almacantar was named as the MCC’s preferred developer bidder to take forward the ground’s overhaul.

The developer has subsequently employed its own architects to work on the redevlopment, the majority of which will be built behind the ground’s Nursery End, next to Future Systems’ monocoque Media Centre (see Herzog and de Meuron’s original proposals below).

A planning application is not expected to be submitted until mid to late 2012 and AHMM’s proposals have yet to be ratified by the MCC.

Previous story (AJ 03.11.10)

Uncertainty over Herzog & de Meuron’s Lords masterplan

Herzog & de Meuron’s proposed Lord’s cricket ground masterplan faces significant changes following a poor summer of attendances and fresh housing proposals

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) confirmed Lord’s sold out on only one day this year, raising questions about whether the famous club should continue with plans to increase capacity from 28,500 to 37,000.

Abi Carter, media officer at the MCC said attendances over the summer had not been as high as expected, and it would be ‘imprudent’ not to rule out axing the proposed capacity of increase of 8,500 seats.

Any development would have to be put to the MCC’s 18,000 members before being submitted for planning permission.

Meanwhile the club is evaluating tenders from three shortlisted development companies to work on a new residential element within the larger Vision for Lords drawn up by Herzog & de Meuron (AJ 19.11.09). This development will stretch along the eastern side of the ‘home of cricket’ on Wellington Road.

It is understood Almacantar, Capital & Counties and Native Land have submitted financial proposals for housing at the cricket ground, and if selected could bring in their own design team to the table.

A decision on the chosen developer is expected before Christmas.

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