Construction is due to get underway this summer on two new three-tier stands to replace the existing Compton and Edrich Stands at Lord’s Cricket Ground.
The redevelopment of the stands forms the second phase of the ground’s updated masterplan. The designs by WilkinsonEyre are consistent with the overall architectural identity of Lord’s and the ‘village cricket green’ ethos, whilst working to improve the overall harmony of the north-east end of the ground.
The plans include much needed upgraded amenities. There are currently no facilities within the existing stands, with poor sightlines in the lower tiers. The new designs include integrated catering and WC facilities, and vastly improved sightlines for the seats in the lower levels which will substantially improve the spectator experience.
The seating capacity of the new stands will be increased by around 2,500, accommodating 11,500 spectators overall, which will enable Marylebone Cricket Club to better satisfy the demand for tickets from the general public, and there will also be wheelchair-accessible spaces as well as lift access at all levels.
Construction is due to commence after the completion of this summer’s major matches on 24th August 2019. The rapid-build design sequence has been developed to minimise interruption to match fixtures, with the new stands’ seats due to be ready for use during the 2020 season. Fully fitted-out facilities are scheduled to be completed for the summer of 2021. The stands are anticipated to cost in the region of £50m.