WilkinsonEyre has won the competition to design two new stands at Lord’s either side of Future Systems’ Stirling Prize-winning 1999 media centre
It is understood the firm was chosen by Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) ahead of KSS, Make, David Miller Architects and Populous - the ground’s current masterplanners - for the job to rebuild the existing Compton and Edrich Stands at the Nursery End.
The project marks the latest phase of the famous London cricket ground’s ongoing redevelopment and the scheme was outlined in Populous’s updated masterplan which was approved last summer.
Early iterations in the masterplan of the proposed stands show extra tiers being added to the low-level seating areas along the northern eastern edge of the ground, which currently book-end the recently refurbished press centre (see AJ 17.10.17).
The rebuilding of the Compton and Edrich Stands [next to the media centre] as shown in the MCC Updated Masterplan, drafted by Populous, which was approved by its members at a Special General Meeting in September 2017.
Guy Lavender, chief executive and secretary of MCC, said: ’The standard of competition for this project was extremely high and the interview panel was delighted with the quality of the submissions from all five firms.
’WilkinsonEyre presented a beautifully crafted design of two new stands, which pays great respect to the existing Media Centre and yet delivers sufficient height to accommodate significantly more public seats than the existing structures.
He added: ’Their design really excited the members of the panel, who were unanimous in their view that the WilkinsonEyre scheme would be the most fitting for Lord’s.’
Detailed work on the design will begin immediately and, subject to planning approval from Westminster City Council and the consent of MCC Members, construction work will start after Lord’s hosts the final of the men’s ICC Cricket World Cup in the summer of 2019.
WilkinsonEyre founding director Jim Eyre, said: ‘We are delighted to have been selected by the MCC to work with them on this prestigious project at Lord’s, ‘the Home of Cricket’, to design world-class replacements for the Compton and Edrich Stands.’
In late 2015 then Mayor of London Boris Johnson rubberstamped Populous’s plans to regenerate the Tavern and Allen Stands in the south-west corner of the historic venue to create an additional 1,082 seats.
This scheme will be built following the completion of the Compton and Edrich Stands which, the AJ understands, is expected in 2020.