The first ball in the modernisation process of Lord’s cricket ground will be bowled with a £21 million replacement of the Warner Stand. 

Marylebone Cricket Club plans to spend the money on a new 2,900-seater stand as part of a wider £200m redevelopment.

The first phase at Lord's will improve views for around 600 spectators, with areas of the ground from those seats partly obscured by the grandstand which was built in 1998. 

The stand will also provide quality facilities for match officials, as well as house a new 135-seat restaurant and three bars.

Shadows on the field will also be reduced due to a new semi-translucent roof, the first of its kind in England.

The plans are the intellectual property of architect Populous, who are also responsible for London’s 2012 Olympic Stadium, Arsenal's Emirates Stadium and the new roof over centre court at Wimbledon’s All England Club.

Posted on 04/12/2013