Lord’s plans unveiled for large open space

DETAILS of radical developments planned for Lord’s cricket ground have been revealed, showing the demolition and construction of a number of buildings behind the pavilion as part of a massive overhaul for the ground.

Images of proposed designs for a second phase of the �400million Vision for Lord’s project show sweeping changes at the Grove End Road side of the estate.

The images, produced by architects Herzog and de Meuron, show much expanded Harris Garden and Coronation Garden areas where a 46-metre lawn would front on to a restaurant and reception.

New apartments would also be built in Grove End Road while the images show a real tennis court partially sunk into the ground.

The potential changes would see the Middlesex offices and old banqueting suite pulled down as well as the home of Marylebone Cricket Club secretary Keith Bradshaw.

The Century Court apartments, the freehold on which is owned by the MCC, would remain in place while proposed new buildings would not protrude above the roof line of the pavilion.

John Baker, chairman of Lord’s Neighbourhood Group, said: “We knew one day this might happen and they would look at this end of the ground. I think it would be a vast waste of money and resources because cricket isn’t increasing in popularity – the audience is declining.

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“But we will look at anything they want to do. I don’t actually think the development of Grove End Road would affect too many people. It will be inconvenient when it’s being built but we can’t stop them building things there if they want.

“We are happy to work alongside the MCC as long as they do take into consideration transport and noise levels which are very important.”

Last week the MCC announced it was evaluating tenders from development companies Almacantar, Capital & Counties and Native Land to decide its Vision for Lord’s partner.

But MCC media manager Neil Priscott says the tender would only be for the first stage of the ground’s redevelopment at the Wellington Road end while a potential second stage at Grove End Road is purely conceptual at the moment.

“Phase two is not on the table or something that is being discussed presently,” he said. “It’s a long way down the line. We want our residents to have an accurate picture of what is going on and we are fully focused on the Wellington Road side of our estate.

“The images of Grove End Road are part of overall images for potential visions of the Lord’s estate that were drawn up for the MCC. But they are conceptual.”