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Lord’s may get 10,000 extra seats in bold renewal plan

Ivo Tennant

The Times
18 May 2007

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/cricket/article1805712.ece

As the first Test match of the summer began yesterday, with England making 200 for three against West Indies on a rain-affected day in the presence of the Queen, MCC was formulating plans for the biggest redevelopment of Lord’s since cricket was first played on the ground in 1814. Projects being examined include a cricket academy, apartments, an hotel, a high-class restaurant, an ice-rink for use in the winter and moving the museum to a site with its own entrance on to St John’s Wood Road.

The museum houses the Ashes urn, which was transported around Australia during the winter and which doubtless would be viewed by yet more members of the public if made more accessible. This would also involve knocking down part of a perimeter wall and help to make Lord’s a more welcoming place.

One of the intentions of Keith Bradshaw, the new secretary and chief executive of MCC, which owns Lord’s, is to make greater use of the ground throughout the year and increase capacity. He hired a plane to fly over the ground yesterday trailing a banner proclaiming “Lord’s – the Home of Cricket”.

These innovative plans have stemmed, not least, from the appointment of Bradshaw, who has an Australian outsider’s outlook, and younger individuals on the committee. MCC wants to make a greater contribution to the game and has the means to do so on its prime site in St John’s Wood. Ground capacity at present is 28,500 and, as Bradshaw observed when he took office last October, this falls well short of the leading grounds in his home country.

Lord’s redevelopment ‘must preserve unique character’

Any sale of apartments would help to finance the developments and it is hoped that the “Chance to shine” initiative to attract youngsters to the game will also benefit.

“The outcome will be a hybrid of everything presented to us and we have to engage the members,” Bradshaw said. “I am not for or against apartments and moving the museum will give the public greater access to it. We could start tours of Lord’s from there.

“We’ve been shown plans that could increase the ground capacity to 35,000 or 40,000 – although that might be too many in case the character and ambience of the ground is altered and it becomes difficult for people to circulate around the ground during a match.”

MCC has undertaken aerodynamic research on the possibility of the ball swinging more if the Compton and Edrich Stands were increased and has also looked at whether the players would be affected by shadows. “We wanted to see if this might change the nature of the way the game is played – whether the ball swings and if this would change swing bowling. Provided there are gaps between the stands, it won’t,” Bradshaw said.

He feels his plans, which include replacing the Tavern Stand, will take ten years to complete and is seeking to forge close links with Middle-sex, who lease the ground from MCC, to help to facilitate this progress. “We have a master-plan for the next 100 years,” he said. His chief concern yesterday was accommodating the Queen, who hardly saw a ball bowled. “Meeting her was one of the great thrills of my life,” Bradshaw said.
 

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Lord’s redevelopment ‘must preserve ground’s unique character’

Ivo Tennant

The Times
18 May 2007

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/cricket/article1805723.ece


An increase in capacity up to 40,000 seats, an academy, an ice-skating rink, apartments, an hotel, a museum that fronts on to St John’s Wood Road, two real tennis courts, new offices and further conference rooms, but, above all, a cricket ground. Such are the plans that MCC is considering to ensure that, over the next 100 years, Lord’s is still seen as the home of the game.

The masterplan being formulated by a working party under the chairmanship of Sir Michael Jenkins, an MCC trustee, is examining the development of all areas of Lord’s, while ensuring that the playing area and Nursery Ground are not reduced in size. “It is paramount we do not lose our ambience and character and that Lord’s remains a ground and not a stadium,” Keith Bradshaw, the secretary and chief executive of MCC, said. “I want to see a 100-year plan, not one for five or ten years.”

This will result in the most extensive redevelopment of the ground since MCC moved to it in 1814. One significant reason for such wide-ranging ideas, which will be discussed by MCC’s general committee shortly, before going to the membership, is that the club’s staging agreement with the ECB expires in 2009. There is no certainty that Lord’s will be able to hold two Test matches each summer after that.

MCC has employed a firm of sports architects to look at the whole of Lord’s and has had discussions with RLP, the company that has acquired the lease from Network Rail on a strip of land running 170 metres alongside Wellington Road at the Nursery End. Because the masterplan has increased, the increment that MCC will receive will go up substantially from the £40 million that was mooted last year.

Lord’s may get 10,000 extra seats in renewal plan

This sum has been increased and the proposals for the entire ground have become more wide-ranging. These include moving the museum, which houses the Ashes and other cricket memorabilia, from the site it has occupied behind the pavilion since 1953 to a position inside St John’s Wood Road with its own entrance; building a cricket academy where the groundsman’s house stands at the Nursery End or in the existing indoor school; erecting apartments, incorporating a restaurant, and building an hotel in place of the Thomas Lord Suite inside the Grace Gates.

The planning consent on the hospitality suite, overlooking the Nursery Ground, and a temporary edifice, anyway, expires at the end of next year. Two real tennis courts, which ideally would be sited behind the pavilion, are required for international fixtures to be staged at Lord’s. There would be new offices for MCC and the ECB.

“We hope Lord’s will become a place where the World Cricket Committee’s research can be carried out,” David Batts, the deputy chief executive, said.

All this is subject to planning permission from the council, as is a temporary ice rink, which would be sited beneath the media centre for five weeks over Christmas. A maximum of 160 people would be able to use it at one time and local schools would be let in free. An MCC spokesman said yesterday that reaction from neighbours in St John’s Wood to this had been constructive.
 

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apart from the pavillion,media centre and the grand stand,it should all be knocked down and then carry the design of the grand stand around the rest of the ground......imo
 

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apart from the pavillion,media centre and the grand stand,it should all be knocked down and then carry the design of the grand stand around the rest of the ground......imo
The media centre, funky as it is, is preventing a decent replacement of the Compton and Edrich stands, which are my least favourite parts of Lord's at present, especially where one of them meets the grandstand. The lower tier is practically touching the upper!
 

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The media centre, funky as it is, is preventing a decent replacement of the Compton and Edrich stands, which are my least favourite parts of Lord's at present, especially where one of them meets the grandstand. The lower tiers is practically touching the upper!
The final bit about the height of the tiers is because of the way the authorities kept the slope at Lords. This is the slope that Mr Boycott insists doesnt exist? Agree that another tier on top of these would be best but have to incorporate the media centre or knock it down. Another wild possibility but easy enough technically would be to build a huge tier above the existing Pavillion. basically a goalpost like structure could be built over it and a tier of seating and a slight roof above. Never gonna happen Of course. If I had a good photo I could do a sketch.
 

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The reason why the Mound Stand wasn't extended right around where the Media Centre is now is because when the Mound Stand was being built Gubby Allen insisted on being able to see the trees at the Nursery End from the Pavilion. No other reason about the slope or anything.
 

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Lord's members to give their views on redevelopment plans

12:49 | 25.09.07

Marylebone Cricket Club’s (MCC) members are set to give feedback on plans for the redevelopment of the famous Lord’s cricket ground.

By Laura Chesters

The 220-year club plans a redevelopment of its cricket ground that could include a residential scheme as revealed in Property Week (23-03-07).

It has this week sent a questionnaire to all its 22,000 full and associate members to help establish their views on a range of possible improvements which will form part of the strategic masterplan for Lord's.

The masterplan will include the potential for commercial development to pay for an increase in capacity at the club.

The improvements detailed in the questionnaire include the creation of a purpose-built museum, the development of an indoor school and Cricket Academy, and the increase in the ground's capacity, to between 35,000 and 40,000.

The club expects future improvements to be funded by a combination of debenture seat income and some residential development on the ground's edges subject to planning consent.

David Batts, MCC's deputy chief executive, said: ‘This is the biggest-ever consultation process in MCC's long and distinguished history. Its scale reflects the importance that we attach to developing the best possible masterplan for the long-term future of Lord's. MCC's Members need to play a key part in that process; after all, it's their club and their ground.’
http://www.propertyweek.com/story.asp?sectioncode=297&storycode=3096042&c=1
 

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The Marylebone Cricket Club look like a bunch of old farts when you see them sitting in the pavillion - but you have to hand it to them, they're not stuck in the past when it comes to redeveloping Lords.
 
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