CHALLENGE. The South-Western Project is the second phase of MCC’s ambitious masterplan-led redevelopment of Lord’s Cricket Ground, and the largest project at the Pavilion end of the Ground. The commission was awarded to Populous after an invited architectural competition in 2014.
INNOVATION. The project consists of the redevelopment of four existing buildings, including the Tavern and Allen Stands and a partial refurbishment of the Grade II* listed Pavilion and Bowlers’ Annexe.
The proposals include the following:
• A new single stand providing over 1000 additional seats, 18 hospitality boxes and 2 restaurants with 250 and 150 covers respectively. The stand will also provide covered bar concourses overlooking the pitch, a retail unit and spectator facilities throughout the stand. 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 providing 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 with 300 covers, and consolidated administrative offices for MCC.
• An enlarged basement, with service access, providing much-needed back-of-house space linking the buildings together below ground.
• Enlargement of the famous dressing rooms within the Pavilion, together with accommodation for team management, physiotherapy and officials.
• A greatly enhanced 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 that pivot to become entrance gates on match days, and a rejuvenated Harris Garden.
• The best practice standards of inclusive design, an important step in the process of making the Ground fully accessible.
• An ‘Excellent’ BREEAM sustainability target, raising the bar for sports facilities in the UK.
IMPACT. The scheme unlocks the potential of this fantastic site at the ‘front door’ to Lord’s. The approach to the project is to understand the opportunities presented by the redevelopment of the site, rather than to consider each of the individual buildings separately. This has resulted in an optimised solution, which can be delivered in a phased manner, demonstrating the power of the Masterplan approach.
Lord’s is internationally known as the finest cricket ground in the world. This project maintains the highest of standards and ensures that the Ground remains a world-class venue well into the future.