Lords expanding but don’t forget barriers


Before the Royal London final match yesterday at Lords, l was sent document as the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has begun the process of consulting its members on two options for the radical development of Lord’s.

The consultation document, which has been sent out to 18,000 full members and 5,500 associate members, is the largest survey produced by MCC and sets out the details of two proposals for the redevelopment of the home of cricket. In one plan the Nursery Ground would be moved back towards Wellington Road allowing for the Compton and Edrich stands to be made taller and deeper, creating room for an additional 2,000 seats. The club would then refurbish the Tavern and Allen stands between 2027 and 2030, for which it has planning permission from Westminster City Council, and establish new staff accommodation, offices and turnstiles by the north gate nearest to St John’s Wood Tube station by 2032.

The second option is to proceed with the RA;s Morley Plan proposing two 10-storey apartment blocks on either side of the a new Nursery Pavilion on the strip of London on the Wellington Road.

So there was plenty to think about as l seat in the new Warner Stand for the first time and look towards the Nursery End. But the thing that really caught my mind was the concert barriers outside along St Johns Wood Road. Thats not surprising given the terrorist attacks we have had in London and Manchester this spring/summer already.  I suspect these are going to be more permanent than we realise, so l do thing it would be useful to start thinking about how they can be incorporated within the design of the ground.  So l think it will not be a bad thing to incorporate them into the two planning proposals put before the members.