Future System’s Stirling Prize-winning media centre is set for a £4 million refurbishment
The project, which will not change the exterior of the media centre, will be the first time the building has been altered since it opened in 1999.
Overseen by David Miller Architects, the overhaul includes alterations to the TV and radio broadcast boxes, increasing the size of the writers’ area and expanding the space for photographers.
The building’s existing bar will be relocated while its lifts, heating and ventilation system, ICT systems, fixtures and fittings will all be revamped.
Work will be carried out during winter 2015 and 2016, and the scheme will be completed in time for the 2017 cricket season.
The upgrade forms part of Marylebone Cricket Club’s masterplan for the £80 million redevelopment of Lord’s cricket ground which is being worked on by Populous.
MCC chief executive 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.
‘A £4 million investment will ensure the centre will be fit for purpose for many years to come.
Brewer added: ‘With £4 million already spent on improving the grandstand this winter, and the first phase of the MCC masterplan, the £25 million 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.’
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