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WilkinsonEyre unveils plans for new stands at Lord’s cricket ground

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WilkinsonEyre has revealed details and images of its proposed redevelopment of the Compton and Edrich Stands at Lord’s cricket ground 

Last week the practice submitted a planning application to Westminster City Council for proposals to demolish and replace the existing stands at either side of Future Systems’ Stirling Prize-winning 1999 Media Centre at Lord’s.

The redevelopment, drawn up on behalf of Marylebone Cricket Club, will provide an extra 2,500 seats in three-tiered stands linked by a walkway behind the Media Centre and overlooking the Nursery Ground.

WilkinsonEyre principal director Jim Eyre said in a statement within the planning documents: ‘We have carefully considered the issue of height and the relationship with the Media Centre, especially from both the west and east sides.

’We feel that the silhouette of the new stands need to curve down in a graceful line either side of the Media Centre in order for it not to feel crowded. To this end, the gap between the new stands and the Media Centre is an important signal of their separate identities.’

The project will also include relocating floodlights and providing new hospitality facilities along with retail and food and beverage facilities and hard and soft landscaping.

If consent is granted, the proposals will go to MCC members at an annual general meeting in May, with work scheduled to start after the ground hosts an Ashes Test Match against Australia next summer.

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