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Mayor signs off next stage of £200m Lord's redevelopment

24 Nov 15 The Mayor of London has given approval to the second stage of the £200m redevelopment of Lord’s Cricket Ground in Marylebone

How the new Tavern & Allen Stand will look
How the new Tavern & Allen Stand will look

Westminster council gave outline planning permission for improvements to the southwest side last month and now the Mayor has given the final seal of approval for what is the second phase of development at the home of cricket.

In June 2014, the Mayor gave the redevelopment of the Warner Stand the green light and BAM Construction began work on the 2,656-seater stand in September 2015.

Plans to redevelop the southwest side of the ground will see an increase in capacity of 1,082 seats, taking it up to 30,530.

The whole scheme is designed by Populous, the architects behind the London Olympic Stadium and Arsenal's Emirates Stadium. The second stage involves the demolition and redevelopment of the existing Tavern and Allen stands in the southwest corner of the ground, along with the Thomas Building as well as the scorers’ box and scoreboard.

Above the news scoreboard will be retractable seating, forming part of a new 5,200-seat stand which will also have two restaurants.

The ground is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), whose chief executive & secretary Derek Brewer said: “Following the consent given by the planning committee at Westminster City Council, MCC is delighted to have today received the Mayor’s endorsement for its South-Western Project (SWP) plans at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

"The SWP is designed to ensure that Lord’s provides the very best facilities for players and spectators alike, and that the ground remains truly world class in everything it has to offer.

“A five-year consent was submitted because the club awaits the England & Wales Cricket Board’s decision – expected in 2017 – on the programme of international matches for 2019-2022. Today’s announcement means the club can conclude the legal procedures associated with the planning consent and look forward to making progress on these ambitious plans from autumn 2019 onwards.”

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