Project: Compton & Edrich Stands, Lord's Cricket Ground
Award: Leisure, Silver, 2022
Location: London, UK
Client: Marylebone Cricket Club
The global home of cricket has become almost as renowned for its distinctive architecture as its sticky wickets. The striking new Compton & Edrich Stands at Lord’s only cement its reputation for first class design. Sitting either side of the iconic Stirling Prize winning media centre, and echoing its curved shape, the stands each have a canopy roof and deliver an improved spectator experience for cricket fans, as well as upgrading capacity.
At 24 metres high, and featuring three tiers, they are now the tallest stands at Lord’s. The stands offer an additional 2,500 seats, increasing the ground's overall capacity to 31,500. The majority of the 11,500 seats fitted have been re-used from the previous stands to mitigate waste, and all offer unrestricted views. Both stands are designed to be open and spacious, with clear open stairs, access walkways and wayfinding, improving accessibility and crowd circulation.
An elevated walkway runs behind the media centre, linking into the Mound and Grandstands either side and providing a great vantage point over the Nursery Ground and of spectators milling about on big match days. The stands also have wheelchair accessible seats, facilities and lift access at all levels. They also house two restaurants, 12 additional food and drink outlets and bathroom facilities.
Photo credits: Lord's MCC
- LEAD ARCHITECTS: Jim Eyre, Sam Wright
STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING: Buro Happold
PROJECT MANAGER: Gardiner & Theobald
- LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT: GrossMax
ACCESSIBILITY CONSULTANT: People Friendly
HERITAGE CONSULTANT: Ettwein Bridges Architects