Lord's Media Centre
Updated and additional media facilities for English cricket's premier venue
The building is accessed via two concrete stair towers or by a lift. The towers have been left partially clad for cost reasons, and accommodate the bulky cabling that TV crews install and dismantle every match.
The stairwells also provide access to the Hopkins-designed Compton and Edrich Stands, which the Centre straddles. The Media Centre stands 15m in the air, with its top edge 21m above the ground.
One hundred and twenty writers can sit in the main space at four stepped tiers of desks. At each end of the main space is a hospitality box. To the rear is a bar and restaurant area with a large oval window giving views out on to the practice area and the buildings beyond.
Other rooms include WCs, a photographers’ room and a kitchen. Lockers are provided for journalists.
A mezzanine floor is accessed by two powder-blue spiral staircases at each end of the writers’ area. Disabled access is via a stairlift.
The architects decided that the building should be manufactured off-site, in a shipyard, from aluminium, using a semi-monocoque (ribbed) technique.
- Begun: 1996
- Completed: 1999
- Floor area: 650m2
- Sector: Sports and leisure
- Total cost: £5.8M
- Tender date: 1995
- Address: Lord's Cricket Ground, Saint John's Wood Road, Paddington, London, NW8 8QN, United Kingdom
- Architect: Future Systems
- Project architects: Amanda Levete, David Miller, Jan Kaplicky
- Client: Marylebone Cricket Club
- Main contractor: Pendennis Shipyard
- Structural engineer: Ove Arup & Partners
- Services engineer: Fulcrum Consulting/ WW
- Glazing consultant: Billings Design Associates
- Fire engineer: Arup Fire
- Cost consultant: David Langdon & Everest
- Project manager: GTMS
- Planning supervisor: GTMS