Chapter 2 of 24
Lord's Cricket Ground. The Mound Stand
In the 1980s the MCC who own Lords Ground recognised that to sustain their role as the
premier cricket club in the world, they should reflect their leading role in the built
environment they create, and they launched a competition for a new stand, the Mound Stand
which was won by Sir Michael Hopkins. By the way, MCC stands of Marylebone Cricket
Club. The Mound Stand is exemplary as a contemporary structure which harmoniously
combines with the original structure. The new accommodation uses contemporary
technologies, materials and structural concepts to ﬂoat effortlessly above the original Mound Stand which was a massive brick arch structure below. This building has been the first of many subsequent buildings which have combined contemporary technologies with traditional references in a harmonious, friendly, humane way.
Such was the success of the Mound Stand development that the MCC were encouraged to
adopt their pursuit of excellence in architectural design in all of their subsequent projects which they commissioned They also recognised that it was important to unify and link the individual distinct buildings with a clear master plan for the entire grounds.