Compton & Edrich Stands, Lord's Cricket Ground, London

London, UK

WilkinsonEyre was commissioned by the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) for the redevelopment of the Compton and Edrich stands at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Our approach seeks to add to the distinctive architecture for which Lord’s has become renowned, a place where historic and contemporary buildings of the highest quality constitute the global Home of Cricket.  The earlier stands, at the ground's Nursery (eastern) End, had become inadequate to the needs of modern spectators, with restricted sightlines in the lower tiers and upper tiers entirely exposed to the elements.  The replacement stands expand capacity by 2,600 seats, as well as providing much needed toilets and catering facilities at this end of the ground. 

Creating a harmonious relationship with Future Systems' Media Centre (1999),  the new stands add to a collection of buildings that uphold the ‘Village Green’ ambience which remains at the heart of Lord’s identity.

Away from the match facing side the design is careful to consider the appearance of the east-facing frontage, creating an improved appearance greeting fans on match days. A rapid-build design was developed to minimise disruption to the cricket calendar, although in the event much of the construction took place during the 2020 pandemic.  

The stands provide a range of seating and hospitality areas, new concourses and circulation areas overlooking the Nursery Ground, public realm and landscaping. The capacity of both stands has increased from 9,000 to 11,600 seats, with much of the original seating retained and reused on sustainability grounds. The completion of the Compton and Edrich stands in time for the 2021 season has ensured the future of Lord’s cricket ground as a world class sporting venue.