WilkinsonEyre has revealed its designs for two new stands at Lord’s cricket ground either side of Future Systems’ Stirling Prize-winning 1999 media centre
The practice was chosen by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) for the £50 million job earlier this year, ahead of KSS, Make, David Miller Architects and Populous – the ground’s current masterplanner.
The project, which will rebuild the existing Compton and Edrich Stands at the Nursery End, marks the latest phase of the famous London cricket ground’s ongoing redevelopment. The scheme was outlined in Populous’s updated masterplan which was approved last summer.
WilkinsonEyre’s proposal, expected to be submitted for planning this autumn, will effectively add an extra tier to the current two-level seating areas along the ground’s north-eastern edge, which currently bookend the recently refurbished press centre.
The stands will seat 11,500 spectators, increasing capacity at the Nursery End by 2,500.
MCC chief executive and secretary Guy Lavender said: ‘These new stands will [open] up views both to the pavilion and back towards the nursery ground [a practice area], and add another architectural enhancement to Lord’s.
‘We are very aware of the responsibility we have to protect everything that makes Lord’s so special, and we are delighted with the positive feedback we’ve already received from our membership.’
He added: ‘As well as providing a significant improvement to capacity and facilities, the plans for the new Compton and Edrich stands complement beautifully the JP Morgan media centre, which was designed by Future Systems and is itself an award-winning building, well known to anyone who has watched cricket at Lord’s.’
In late 2015, then mayor of London Boris Johnson rubberstamped Populous’s plans to regenerate the Tavern and Allen stands in the ground’s south-west corner to create an additional 1,082 seats.
This scheme will be built following the completion of WilkinsonEyre’s Compton and Edrich Stands project, which is expected in 2020.