An architecture competition, announced today, will help to cement its the MCC's reputation with a strong list of internationally renowned designers vying to establish a masterplan for Lord’s, the world’s best-known cricket ground. Financial Times

The competition, organised by the Architecture Foundation, aims to increase the 14-acre ground’s seating capacity from 28,000 to 40,000, enhance the museum and shop, and develop a venue that is active even when cricket is not being played.

Rowan Moore, director of the Architecture Foundation, says: 'The question is how you create a great sporting environment as well as a whole block of London which contributes more to its surroundings.' At the moment, the edge of the ground remains defined by a long brick wall that resembles a prison more than an arena.