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Lord's redevelopment plans unveiled

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Lord's is set for a £200million makeover after MCC announced a multi-phase 'masterplan' that is expected to take 13 years to complete.

MCC members were today presented with plans that will see, among many changes, the ground's famous pavilion extended, the Nursery Ground resited and capacity rise to 32,000.

Construction on the project, which will also see the major stands upgraded and a new garden entrance built, is due to begin in the autumn of next year.

"This masterplan has cricket at its heart," MCC president Mike Griffith said in a statement.

"Every MCC member cares deeply for our wonderful ground, and we have a duty to ensure any changes made to Lord's reflect the love we have for cricket, its history and its heritage.

"Lord's is the home of cricket and this masterplan will reinforce the special place the ground has within the game by making it even better for every player and spectator who comes here.

"This is an incredibly exciting day not just for MCC, but for cricket lovers all over the world."

The first phase of the project is due to be completed in time for the 2019 World Cup at an estimated £90million cost to be covered by MCC.

The key features include the extension of the pavilion, the establishment of the new garden entrance through the existing car park in Grove End Road and the 2,700 rise in capacity.

The extra seating will be created in a reconstructed Warner Stand and new Tavern and Allen Stands.

Construction for the next phases of the "flexible" plans will then begin after the World Cup in 2021.

This will include the removal of the Nursery Pavilion and extension of the Nursery Ground onto the club's leasehold land - for use by the 2025 season, a new North Gate building to house the ECB, starting in 2024 and completed by 2027, and the reconstruction of the Compton and Edrich Stands to establish better-quality seating, with potential extra flexible capacity, commencing in 2027.

MCC said the costs of the addition construction phases would be covered with its own funds and a "sensible level of borrowing". Planning permission for the initial stages is set to be sought from Westminster City Council before the end of the year, with MCC members to be asked for their approval next spring.

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