Grand Stand, Lord's Cricket Ground
Replacement of a stand at Lord's with a two-tier structure that is supported by just three columns and a two-storey spine beam, to increase capacity and improve sight lines
The stand consists of two tiers of seating separated by a tier of corporate boxes. The lower tier contains 4,000 seats and was constructed on-site, while the upper tier was being pre-fabricated off-site.
The upper tier comprises 2,500 split seats located directly under the sinuous form of the roof, which comprises two booms slung from the central structural mast and tensioned with delicate tie-rods. These allow unimpeded views out onto the pitch.
The central section, containing 25 boxes, appears to float in a 50m span either side of the central mast but is, in fact, supported by a spine beam subsumed into its precast concrete structure.
Circulation within the building takes place on the north side. Vomitories channel spectators up from ground to first tier level, from where visitors with tickets for the upper floors can reach their seats by any one of three sets of lifts and stairs.
Motorised sunshades automatically proceed and retract from the aerofoil roof in response to the prevailing weather conditions, with each of the 25 boxes protected by an additional blind.
- Begun: Sep 1995
- Completed: Jun 1998
- Floor area: 6,760m2
- Sector: Sports and leisure
- Total cost: £10.8M
- Procurement: Management Contract
- Address: Marylebone Cricket Club , Lord's Cricket Ground, St John's Wood, London, NW8 8QN, United Kingdom