The two new curved structures increase capacity, improve visitor experience and reuse demolished material
Architecture practice WilkinsonEyre has completed the redevelopment of the Compton and Edrich stands at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London. The new stands, designed with structural engineer Buro Happold and opened to the public earlier this year, offer improved sightlines and upgraded capacity, accessibility, and amenities. WilkinsonEyre refers to them as creating ‘a heightened sense of sporting theatre’ at Lord’s.
The stands sit either side of the Stirling Prize-winning Media Centre, designed by Future Systems in 1999 as an aluminium ‘semi-monocoque’ structure. The sweeping curves of WilkinsonEyre’s new stands echo the form of the Media Centre, complementing the architectural composition. The steel mainframe of the new stands also feature large columns and double-height colonnades which reference the rhythms of the original brick arches of the adjacent Mound Stand arcade.
WilkinsonEyre was commissioned by Lord’s owner Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) in 2017 to redesign the existing Compton and Edrich stands, which had restricted sightlines in the lower tiers and left spectators exposed in the upper tiers. The newly designed stands feature canopy roofs – combining radiating steel ribs with a timber supporting shell – and comprise an additional 2,600 seats, two restaurants and an elevated walkway which connects to the ground’s other stands.
Half of the 11,600 seats fitted have been re-used from the previous stands to mitigate waste. The design also incorporates the concrete structure and terracing of the old stands, crushed and used as the piling mat for the new stands, so that minimal demolition material was removed from the site.
Photography by Hufton+Crow and Clare Adams
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