The new Warner Stand is the first phase of MCC’s ambitious masterplan-led redevelopment, and is located in the western corner of Lord’s Cricket Ground. Lord’s is not a traditional stadium; each building has a separate identity that contributes to the character of the Ground. Inserting a new building with its own clear and confident identity into this existing ‘campus’ of buildings at the Home of Cricket, without dominating the overall composition, has been the main architectural challenge for the project.
The first new Members’ building for 50 years, the stand is part of Lord’s sustainability vision, improve visibility for spectators, revolutionise hospitality at the ground, and vastly improve accessible access. Architecturally, it is a bold new statement within the historic MCC, and marks a new era for the Home of Cricket.
“Lord’s has a special place in the hearts of cricketers and fans, and the new Warner will help cement its position as the finest cricket ground in the world.”
– Philip Johnson, Populous Senior Principal
“With their vision for the new Warner Stand, Populous has designed an architecturally distinctive and pioneering building which has enhanced the aesthetics of the ground while delivering world-class functionality.”
– Robert Ebdon, MCC Assistant Secretary (Estates)
With a full capacity of 2,674, the re-developed Warner Stand is the first new stand at Lord’s since the Grand Stand was completed in 1998.
The original Warner Stand was opened by Sir Pelham Warner in May 1958.
Also known as ‘Plum’ Sir Pelham Warner captained Middlesex for 20 years, played for England, and managed the famous ‘bodyline’ tour to Australia.
The new stand incorporates an enlarged and enhanced 136-cover restaurant, known as Pelham’s, that offers diners stunning views of the action at Lord’s.
The 11 American White Oak Glulam Beams that make up the roof range from between 18 to 24m in length.
IN THE NEWS
We are delighted that the Warner Stand has been selected as a finalist for the 2017 World Architecture Festival Awards, in the Sports category. Read more.