15 May 2020
Our redevelopment of the Compton and Edrich stands at the Home of Cricket, Lord’s, has been featured in a New Steel Construction (NSC) project profile.
The scheme is part of Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) ongoing masterplan for Lord’s Cricket Ground in London, UK, and will see us erect two new three-tiered stands, positioned either side of the state-of-the-art J.P. Morgan Media Centre, which will provide 2,500 additional seats and bring capacity up to a total of 31,000.
With the final international match of the season taking place at Lord’s in August 2019, there was no time to waste – particularly in the wake of England’s golden summer of cricket, where it won its first ever World Cup and hosted a breath-taking Ashes series with Australia.
Project director, Fraser Tanner, picks up the story.
“We organised our work into three phases,” he explains. “The first phase started towards the end of last year’s season while the ground was still being used for County Championship games, so, as we began demolishing the old stands, we had hoardings in place to separate our working areas from the pitch.”
The subsequent phases will include completion of the bar and restaurant, erection of the stand’s striking steel-framed roofs and construction of the new walkway connecting the two stands.
The reimagined stands will provide significantly enhanced facilities for cricket fans, including transformed views and increased accessibility and amenities – such as dining facilities, 12 food and beverage outlets and two hospitality restaurants.
MCC chief executive and secretary, Guy Lavender, believes the latest part of the masterplan will cement Lord’s’ status as the world’s most iconic cricketing venue: “MCC is committed to ensuring Lord’s remains the best place in the world at which to watch and play cricket,” he says.
“These new stands will transform the Nursery End, providing world-class facilities, opening up views both to the Pavilion and back towards the Nursery Ground, and adding another architectural enhancement to Lord’s.”
Work on the Compton and Edrich stands is due for completion in Spring 2021.
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