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MCC turns down large-scale plans for Lord's

ESPNcricinfo staff

November 30, 2011

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The 5th ODI saw perfect conditions for cricket, with a full house in attendance at Lord's, England v Australia, 5th ODI, Lord's, July 3, 2010
Lord's is set to undergo changes but not as dramatic as initially planned © Getty Images

The MCC committee has voted against ambitious redevelopment plans for Lord's and instead gone in favour of a more toned-down stand-by-stand project to improve the ground.

The process to decide what work to undertake has been underway since 2008 at a cost of £3million, under the title "Vision for Lord's", and has included various large-scale ideas including building flats and making use of the disused tunnels which are found under the Nursery Ground.

However, it has now been decided to undertake a more controlled redevelopment which is likely to start at the Pavilion End with the rebuilding of the Tavern and Allen Stands.

The uncertain economic climate raised concerns over how much of a financial commitment MCC should make to the project. However, they secured the premier package of international matches from the ECB earlier this year which means a guaranteed number of prime fixtures.

"Since the process of looking at the long-term development began some years ago, the club has always prioritised the fundamental objective of maintaining and enhancing the reputation of Lord's as the pre-eminent cricket ground in the world and the global home of cricket," Oliver Stockton, the MCC chairman, said.

"The club also made it clear that the Vision for Lord's project was subject to both the financial viability of the proposed development as a whole and reaching an agreement with the ECB on the number of major matches to be played at Lord's in the coming years."

The MCC will now come up with revised development and business plans then start negotiations with Westminster Council and other bodies before the proposals are put to a vote of the MCC membership.

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Posted by   on (December 3, 2011, 22:10 GMT)

I dont really care what they do as long as i see a 50000 seater Lords!

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (December 1, 2011, 14:18 GMT)

@amclean, I agree its a great view, and when its sunny its great but when it rains its horrible up there. Maybe a partially Retractable roof like they have on top of the grandstand. Just imagine the additional view you could get with an extra Tier.

Posted by allblue on (December 1, 2011, 13:35 GMT)

Probably the correct decision bearing in mind the foreseeable economic climate, but I am a bit disappointed. I thought the plans for the ground itself were fine aesthetically speaking (accepting that the tower blocks were a necessary evil), and the MCC do have a good track record here from the Mound Stand on. A 38,000 capacity would be great as well, but I suppose getting there piecemeal fashion is better than nothing. However, my main disappointment is what I presume to be the shelving of the plans for behind the pavilion which I thought inspired and hugely beneficial to the ground. Particularly, speaking as a Middlesex fan, the provision of a modern permanent facility for Middlesex CCC is long overdue and that part of the development would have given us one. I don't know how this will move forward, but in the meantime we will continue to be the poor tenants without our own base and reduced to using nets wherever we can find them amongst Middlesex League clubs.

Posted by amclean on (December 1, 2011, 11:38 GMT)

@ YorkshirePudding - I sincerely hope they don't put a roof on the Compton and Edrich stands, or at least keep one roof-free. I'll take a bit of sunburn every time for that amazing view.

Posted by YorkshirePudding on (December 1, 2011, 10:35 GMT)

The Compton and Edrich stands are the ones that need the work, as they have more scope for change such as adding an extra Tier and roof, which could increase the capacity by a couple of thousand. It could also do with an undercover food court at the back of the media centre.

Posted by   on (November 30, 2011, 22:34 GMT)

I think that I'm pleased about this, the full redevelopment of Lord's looked rather too radical in my opinion. It's surely vital that the integrity of the home of cricket is retained. At the same time, there is no doubt that elements of the ground do need to be updated, it sounds as though the latest plan will do this yet at the same time, the unique atmosphere of Lord's will surely endure.

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