Graham is named preferred bidder for £60m Lord’s project - howzat

Hillsborough construction firm undertakes scheme to enhance home of English cricket in London

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The Lord's Cricket Ground, where Graham will undertake a scheme starting in September to transform the venue

Hillsborough construction giant Graham has been selected as the preferred bidder on a £60 million scheme to transform the iconic home of world cricket.

Lord’s Cricket Ground in London will undergo major redevelopment project encompassing the Tavern and Allen Stands.

Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) aims to enhance spectator experience, increase capacity, and modernise facilities while preserving the rich heritage of the ground.

The project encompasses several key objectives, which include increasing spectator capacity to reinforce Lord’s status as Britain’s premier cricket venue, maximising year-round revenue from the stands, and elevating architectural standards. Additionally, the project seeks to positively impact the St John’s Wood streetscape.

Work is scheduled to start on September 30 this year and complete at the end of May 2027.

Throughout the redevelopment, Lord’s will remain fully operational, ensuring minimal disruption and continued spectator access during the 2025 and 2026 seasons.

The project involves extensive repurposing of the Tavern Stand while retaining its iconic features, alongside the demolition and modern reconstruction of the Allen Stand to integrate fully accessible, contemporary Members’ and public spectator amenities.

Among the enhancements, the project will add at least 1,100 additional seats, improving the viewing experience for spectators. Furthermore, it will include the construction of a new pitch-facing hospitality restaurant and suites, offering premium amenities such as food and beverage services, to deliver an enhanced matchday experience for visitors.

Robert Ebdon, MCC estates director, said: “The redevelopment of the Tavern and Allen stands will complete our stand development programme, in which we have modernised facilities at Lord’s to continue to ensure the Ground remains a world-class venue for cricket.

“The stands will also strengthen the Club’s already-impressive sustainability credentials, and we are looking forward to the construction phase and working closely with Graham.”

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Rob Joyce, development director at Graham (Nick Gray)

Rob Joyce, development director at Graham, said: “We are thrilled to embark on this transformative project at Lord’s Cricket Ground. Our partnership with the MCC will deliver world-class sporting infrastructure while preserving the rich heritage of this historic venue.

“Together, we aim to enhance the Members’ and public spectator experience, expand capacity, and usher in a new era at the iconic home of cricket. This project represents a significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to shaping vibrant, sustainable communities through exceptional construction projects.”