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The Gallery | Boris approves Lord's overhaul

Boris Johnson has given the final go-ahead to the latest plans to improve Lord’s cricket ground.

The mayor of London approved the South West Project, which represents the second phase of a masterplan to upgrade the stadium dubbed ‘the home of cricket’.

Works will include a new Tavern & Allen Stand to replace the two existing stands in that corner – increasing capacity by 1,082 seats.

Johnson said: “From WG Grace and Don Bradman through to Sir Ian Botham, Sachin Tendulkar, Shane Warne and our own Alastair Cook, the world’s best cricketers have graced this most historic and picturesque of cricket ground.

“The history of Lord’s as the home of cricket must be retained and safeguarded, and critical to that is ensuring it remains competitive in terms of staging international matches.

“The new stands will combine the very best design and architecture with simply stunning views of wickets tumbling and the sound of bat on ball in our capital.”   

 Westminster City Council approved the project in October.



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