MCC news May 8, 2014

MCC puts Lord's 'Vision' debate on hold

ESPNcricinfo staff

The MCC has refused to take further consideration of the controversial residential development plans for the Nursery End at Lord's until work on other areas of the ground have been completed.

Mike Gatting, MCC's president, told the annual meeting that they presented a potential distraction at a time when emphasis was being placed on improvements to the pavilion end of the ground.

The MCC Committee, at the request of the Rifkind Levy Partnership, received a presentation last month from David Morley Architects, working on their behalf, in relation to development on the club's leasehold land at the Nursery End of Lord's.

Gatting told members: "The club is putting all its resources, at present, into plans to redevelop the pavilion end of the ground, including the south-western corner - which comprises the Tavern and Allen Stands, the Thomas Lord Suite, the Middlesex office and the pavilion extensions.

"Until the club has completed the redevelopment of the Warner Stand and the south-western corner, there is no need to consider any further presentations from RLP. The club must not be distracted from its plans."

MCC members have won a battle to preserve leg room in the redeveloped Warner Stand. They voted in favour of a resolution requiring seat row depths in the redeveloped stand to be no less than 900mm - an increase of 50mm on the current plan.

The design will only require adjustments, not the submission of a fresh planning application to Westminster City Council, who granted permission in March this year. Subject to the approval of MCC members next summer, the two-phase construction of the Warner Stand is due to begin at the end of the 2015 season.

The design for the new stand - which has been developed by Populous, architects of the London 2012 Olympic Stadium - includes a semi-translucent fabric roof, supported by a timber structure, which is the first of its kind in the country.

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  • Richard on May 8, 2014, 17:05 GMT

    Odd really. Not long ago, a major selling point of the 'Vision for Lord's' was that it considered the ground as a whole, the clear inference being that piecemeal development in the past had been disjointed and inadequate (eg the Compton and Edrich Stands) and that was a mistake to be learned from and not repeated. Years of in-fighting and millions spent on consultants etc now result in massive expenditure to increase the Warner Stand capacity by only 376 seats (with a view of the entire ground) and, they say, about 2,000 in the Tavern / Allen Stand area later. Piecemeal and inadequate, as anybody in the queues from 5am for last summer's Ashes Test would happily remind the committee, whose armchairs have unlimited legroom. There will, of course be more hospitality / restaurant capacity for the snouts who, in common with other top sports venues, take precedence over those who actually want to watch the match.

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