Revamp for Lord's

27 February 2008

Lord's cricket ground is to be revamped at  a cost of £200million as part of a redevelopment programme which will replace five stands. The plans will increase the stadium's capacity from 10,000 to 38,500, and will take place over the next ten years. The listed Victorian Pavilion will be an integral part of the design.

Leading the project is MCC deputy chief executive David Batts, who has stressed that Lords will not be changing beyond all recognition.

"We do not want to create a stadium," he told The Times.

"And we have to be mindful of how many people will be able to walk around the ground during a Test match to buy food and drink.

"The walkways can be congested already, so we have to work out how many boxes and bars we put into the stands to enable spectators to eat in the stands, which is particularly necessary for the short Twenty20 matches."

Lord's will now await planning permission from Westminster City Council and work is due to start in 2010.