MCC backs £52m spend on new Lord’s stands
May 06, 2019 – Marylebone Cricket Club members have backed releasing funds to redevelop Lord’s cricket ground’s Edrich and Compton stands.
The club will now negotiate a final price with preferred contractor ISG for the £52m project with a view to beginning work at the end of August on the Wilkinson Eyre designed stands at the Nursery End.
A rapid-build design sequence has been developed to minimise interruption to match fixtures. The majority of the build will be carried out during the off-season, and be completely halted for major matches. Seating in the new stands will be available for use during the 2020 season.
Fully fitted-out facilities are scheduled to be completed in time for the formal opening of the new stands in the summer of 2021.
MCC chief executive Guy Lavender said: “We are excited to be commencing another transformational development at Lord’s, and by raising the capacity to 31,000 we will be able to welcome more spectators to enjoy matches at the largest cricket ground in the country, here at the Home of Cricket.
“The redevelopment will be an outstanding addition delivering world-class facilities, ensuring that Lord’s remains the finest ground in the world to watch, and play cricket.”
The development of the Compton and Edrich Stands is the second phase of the major redevelopment plan for the cricket ground, masterplanned by Populous.
After these are developed, which is scheduled to be complete in 2021, the East Gate Building, incorporating office space, a new Lord’s Shop, as well as hospitality and catering facilities, will be built between 2021-2024.