Indoor School, Lord's

David Morley Architects, London, 1995


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Indoor naturally lit practice nets and training facilities at Lord's cricket ground

The indoor cricket school is the first indoor facility to utilise natural light for the playing area. A very detailed analysis of light was carried out to ensure that the ingress of light into the hall wouldn’t have a detrimental effect on play.

Working on the north light principle, inclined opaque panels shield the sun. Transparent panels and fabric louvres allow the diffused north light to enter while shielding direct sunlight.

The roof is a series of parallel barrel vaults spanning 48.6 metres. The sides of the building contain four full height aircraft style doors that allow the building to be opened up. This means principal loads from the roof are carried on the two short ends of the building.

The end of the building that faces the nursery ground contains spectator seating and a bar above separate male and female dressing rooms.


  • Begun: 1994
  • Completed: Jul 1995
  • Floor area: 2,405m2
  • Sector: Sports and leisure
  • Total cost: £2.1M
  • Procurement: Traditional
  • Address: Marylebone Cricket Club, St John's Wood, London, NW8 8QN, United Kingdom

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