Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has today announced plans for a £4m refurbishment of the award-winning J.P. Morgan Media Centre at Lord’s
Work will take place over the course of the next two winters with the significantly enhanced media facility set to be unveiled in time for the 2017 season when Lord’s will host the ICC Women’s Cricket Club Final.
The Stirling prize-winning building will receive its first makeover since its opening in 1999, with wide-ranging changes set to take place following extensive consultation between MCC, the England and Wales Cricket Board, broadcasters and the Cricket Writers’ Club.
Originally designed by Future Systems, the J.P Morgan Centre will be fitted with ten permanent TV and radio broadcast boxes to meet its modern broadcast requirements. The Writer’s Area will increase in size from 120 to 144 spaces, with facilities also due to be upgraded with an additional five spaces on the mezzanine level. The existing bar will be relocated to a larger facility serving the dining area, which will in turn provide more space for diners, catering to the increased number of visitors.
Two existing lifts will be replaced and modernised, as will the heating and ventilation systems used throughout the building and the fixtures, fittings and ICT systems will be given a significant overhaul. The outside of the building will not be changed.
MCC Chief Executive & Secretary Derek Brewer said: “The J.P. Morgan Media Centre is an iconic building in world cricket, and was ground-breaking when MCC commissioned it, but in a rapidly changing media landscape, a significant refurbishment is required to ensure the Club can meet and exceed the demands placed on it from cricket broadcasters and writers.”
Adding, “With £4m already spent on improving the Grandstand this winter, and the first phase of the MCC Masterplan, the £25m replacement of the Warner Stand, set to begin this September, the Club’s intent is clear – it is investing significantly to enhance Lord’s Cricket Ground and to ensure its position as the home of the game remains in place for future generations of cricket enthusiasts.”
MCC has developed the J.P. Morgan Media Centre refurbishment plans in association with David Miller Architects, who worked on the original design in the late 1990s, with the project being managed by Gardiner Theobold Ltd.