Work has begun on the new Warner Stand at Lord's
Demolition of the current stand begun on the day after the 2nd Royal London One Day International between England and Australia at the Home of Cricket, and construction will be completed by the 2017 season.
The stand will however be in use during the 2016 season, to allow Lord's to operate at full seating capacity during major matches.
The new stand will have 2,656 seats, and combines outstanding facilities with innovative architecture and will include the features listed below.
- Two tiers of seating on a steeper gradient than the current stand, thus greatly improving sightlines.
- A new match-control and match officials' facility which will exceed ICC and ECB standards and make Lord's a world leader in this area.
- More amenities within the stand for Members and their friends, including a restaurant, three bars and catering facilities.
- The relocation and incorporation of the existing retractable floodlight, to integrate the floodlight mast with the architecture to reduce the visual impact of the shaft.
- Improved access to the stand, with inclusive facilities for all spectators and greater provision of seats for those with disabilities and mobility needs. In total, wheelchair positions and amenity seating with greater width, leg room or both, account for 4% of the overall capacity, which significantly exceeds conventionally accepted best practice.
- Ground-source heat pumps to provide heating for water, and photovoltaic roof panels for electricity generation.
- An environmentally friendly system that collects and recycles water.
- "Green" or living walls to the rear elevation of the stand to create a softer garden wall effect for neighbours to view.
- An enlarged basement, with waste sorting and storage facilities, which will reduce the need to collect waste from the stand during the course of a match day.
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