A shortlist of five architects to develop a masterplan for Lord’s cricket ground was revealed today.

BDP, David Chipperfield Architects, Dixon Jones, Herzog & de Meuron, and Hopkins Architects were the names selected to revelop the home of cricket and the headquarter of the game’s old establishment, the Marylebone Cricket Club.

They will be asked to prepare a framework showing where and how the needs of Lord’s can be accommodated to and the stadium redeveloped. The winner is expected to be selected in early summer.

Increased capacity

The masterplan will look at; an increase the ground's capacity, to between 35,000 and 40,000; the installation of permanent but retractable floodlights; the development of an Indoor Cricket School & Cricket Academy with an analysis suite, gymnasium, sports injury clinic and treatment rooms alongside the retention and improvement of the Nursery (practice) ground.

It will also look into the development of a Lord’s Hotel; potential for residential development at the Wellington Road end of the Ground to act as an enabler for improvements to the Ground.