Earlier this year Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) announced £200m plans to redevelop Lord’s, with promises to deliver the “finest cricket ground in the world”. While obviously of interest to cricket fans, businesses would also be well advised to take a look at some of the plans as there are some particularly innovative business energy initiatives being used.

Aside from improving the match day experience for spectators, a key goal for the MCC is to ensure that sustainability is at the heart of the home of cricket. The organisation is realising that goal via an array of systems integrated into the first phase of the new development, a new £21m Warner Stand that will include solar energy panels and ground source heat pumps to heat water and produce electricity.

Plans for the new stand also incorporate a water collection and recycling system and a larger basement with built in refuse sorting and storage facilities. In addition to improving recycling, the new basement will also reduce the number of waste collections required during match day.

These moves set a great example to other businesses. The redevelopment of the Warner Stand is primarily being driven by three principal factors; the need to improve spectator viewing, the need to radically overhaul and improve match control and official’s facilities and the fact that its position as the most constrained corner of the ground means MCC must build out from it.

While sustainability does not feature on this list, MCC and Populus, the architects behind the new stand, realised the importance of ensuring the venue would be financially and environmentally sustainable for years to come. It’s an important development and marks a shift in thinking – rather than sustainability being a goal in itself, it’s now becoming a given that it will be built into plans regardless of the overall drivers, much like other elements, such as health and safety features, are already.

Take a look at the Lord’s website for more information on the new development.

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