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Boris Johnson approves Lord’s redevelopment

Boris Johnson approves Lord’s redevelopment

The second phase of a planned redevelopment of Lord’s cricket ground has been given the go-ahead by mayor of London Boris Johnson.Although not scheduled to begin until 2019, the £200 million project is set to increase the ground’s capacity by 1,082, bringing the total number of available seats to 30,530. This will be achieved by demolishing the Tavern and Allen stand to make way for a three-tier, 5,200-seat structure.The improvements are also intended to improve spectators’ view of the game and provide greater accessibility, allowing a wide range of fans to experience the thrill of live cricket.Plans include a major refurbishment of the Thomas Lord Building to allow it to provide more space for cricket teams and support staff. The scorers’ box and scoreboard are also set to be revamped as part of the project, and the Tavern pub will be brought into the ground to offer better access to refreshment for spectators.Derek Brewer, chief executive and secretary of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), which owns Lord’s, said: “Following the consent given by the planning committee at Westminster City Council, MCC is delighted to have today received the Mayor’s endorsement for its South-Western Project (SWP) plans at Lord’s Cricket Ground."The SWP is designed to ensure that Lord’s provides the very best facilities for players and spectators alike, and that the ground remains truly world class in everything it has to offer."The works to improve the ground were given planning permission by Westminster council in October. However, developers will have to wait until after the ICC Cricket World Cup takes place in the summer of 2019, as it is important for Lord’s to be free of building works for this event.Work on phase one, which involved the demolition of the Warner stand, began earlier this year. 

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