At approximately £95m, the South-Western Project is a major part of Marylebone Cricket Club's (MCC) Ground Development Masterplan for Lord's, replacing the existing Tavern and Allen Stands with a significantly larger, single new stand incorporating approximately 1,000 additional seats along with hospitality and retail amenities.
The new stand includes 18 hospitality boxes and two restaurants with 250 and 150 covers respectively and will provide covered bar concourses overlooking the pitch. The design incorporates a large electronic display board, a floodlight mast and a new Scorers' Box, enlarged to match the demands of the modern game.
A new building to replace the existing Thomas Lord Building provides a reception area for MCC at the perimeter of the Ground, a transformed Lord's Tavern with a unique garden setting, a multi-functional hospitality suite for up to 300 covers and consolidated administrative offices for MCC and Middlesex County Cricket Club.
An enlarged basement with service vehicle access provides much-needed back of house space linking the buildings together below ground. The proposals create an enhanced Harris Memorial Garden, public realm and landscape scheme including a much-improved setting for the listed Grace Gates set within a new decorative metalwork entrance screen with panels which pivot to become entrance gates on match days.
Working within the internationally significant Members' club creates a unique range of challenges, not least the continued operation and immovable deadlines for hosting international matches.
Working within the internationally significant Members' club creates a unique range of challenges
Planning consent was granted in early 2016 with MCC currently considering the most appropriate delivery programme in which to construct this highly complex project.