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SBD Global/April 22, 2014/Facilities

Redevelopment Of Lord's Cricket Ground Once Again Possible After Being Abandoned In '11

The redevelopment of Lord's Cricket Ground, a "contentious and divisive issue when the so-called 'Vision' was abandoned" in '11, could be revived in a similar format, according to Ivo Tennant of the LONDON TIMES. It would feature "two blocks of flats constructed in the corners of the ground at the Nursery End, above the disused railways tunnels." In return, Lord's owner, Marylebone Cricket Club, would receive £100M ($167.9M) from the developers, which would be used for the "rebuilding of four stands." The "original masterplan incorporated five blocks of flats and a futuristic undercroft, which will not be revisited for the time being." Club offices, the museum and other outlets would "also be moved, but the Nursery ground would remain intact." Lord's architect David Morley said, "We are at the starting point of a dialogue. This is the right thing to do. Flats in the corners of the ground will not be overbearing and MCC facilities will be at the heart of the development. More space can be created for cricket-related use. The ground is surrounded already by blocks of flats." Broadcasting equipment used by Sky and others would be "placed in the tunnels to save space above ground." It will be "several weeks, if not months, before the committee makes a final decision" (LONDON TIMES, 4/20).
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