The scheme, which will boost capacity by over 4,000 and includes offices and a new pub, is phase two of the masterplan for the famous arena.
However, the Marylebone Cricket Club said the earliest start date for the project is autumn 2019, due to the need for Lord’s to be free of building works that summer for the ICC Cricket World Cup.
The key components of the south-western corner redevelopment are:
- A new Tavern & Allen Stand – a single structure to replace the existing two. The design incorporates 5,200 seats, an increase of 1,082 seats compared to the existing stand.
- A new Thomas Lord Building with a street-facing reception, a banqueting suite, and offices for MCC staff.
- A new Tavern pub, opening into the Harris Garden rather than onto the street.
- Enhancement of the area around the Grace Gates to establish a more pedestrian-friendly public realm.
- A new Harris Garden Building with a bar facing out onto the Garden and additional dressing rooms both for squash and tennis players.
- Reorganisation of the Pavilion to enlarge the dressing rooms, and convert a current office, physio room and women’s toilets on the corridor between the two dressing rooms into space for team management and a players’ gym.
- An enlarged and deepened basement which will enable vehicles to make deliveries directly to underground facilities.
Work on phase one of the masterplan for Lord's, the redevelopment of the Warner Stand, began in September this year with the new stand to be completed by the 2017 season.
The stand will however be in use during the 2016 season, to allow Lord's to operate at full seating capacity during major matches.