The stand, designed by Populous, will improve views for 600 seats and provide match official facilities

MCC, the owners of Lord’s Cricket Ground, have released details of a Populous-designed replacement for the Warner Stand.

The £21m project, which forms the first phase of a £200m redevelopment plan, will improve the views from 600 seats.

Inside the stand, the redesign will bring a restaurant, three bars, and facilities for match officials.

The stand focuses on sustainability in its design, with ground source heat pumps, solar panels and photovoltaic panels to generate electricity.

Philip Johnson, principal at Populous, said: “The design for this new stand provides high quality seating and premium facilities, with sustainability and inclusive access at the heart of the proposal.”

“This is an important first step of the masterplan, which will retain the unrivalled heritage and history of Lord’s, and ensure that it remains the world’s finest cricket ground.”

A planning application for the stand was submitted on November 29th to Westminster City Council. The masterplan aims to have a significant amount of the work at the Pavilion End done in time for the 2019 cricket world cup.

The Warner Stand was chosen first as there is a strong need to improve match official facilities, and the constrained nature of the site means MCC must build out from the Warner Stand.

Overall, the masterplan will increase Lord’s capacity to 32,500 and include new catering and retail facilities.

Colin Maber, Chairman of MCC’s Estates committee, said: “It can be seen as a microcosm of what MCC is trying to achieve with its Masterplan – an improved spectator experience, facilities that will put the Club in the best possible position to host major matches, improved circulation around the Ground, all within an iconic architectural environment.”