Lord's Media Centre

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The Lord's Media Centre, officially known as the J.P. Morgan Media Centre for sponsorship reasons, is a building at Lord's Cricket Ground, London.

History[edit]

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A view of the interior of the media centre

It was designed by Future Systems[1] and cost about £5 million.[1] The Media Centre, which was built by Pendennis Shipyard from the UK in combination with Centraalstaal from The Netherlands,[1] was commissioned in time for the 1999 Cricket World Cup and was the first all aluminium, semi-monocoque building in the world. It was built and fitted-out in two boatyards and utilises boat-building technology. It has only one opening window, which is in the broadcasting box occupied by BBC Test Match Special.[2] The fact that the structure was built by a shipyard is betrayed by the internal doors having rounded corners similar to many ships. Such a door is visible in the background of the photo of the Media Centre interior.

The centre stands 15 metres above the ground and its sole support comes from the structure around its two lift shafts – it is approximately the same height as the Pavilion directly opposite it on the other side of the ground. The lower tier of the centre provides accommodation for over 100 journalists and the top tier has radio and television commentary boxes. The Building was awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize for architecture in 1999.

Originally sponsored by NatWest, in 2007 sponsorship was taken over by Investec. Since 31 May 2011, the media centre has been sponsored by J.P Morgan.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Winner Building Sponsored by BSI NatWest Media Centre, Lord's Cricket Ground, London NW8 New Civil Engineer, 21 October 1999
  2. ^ Alexander, Gus. "The Lord's test | Magazine Features". Building. Retrieved 2015-05-29. 
  3. ^ "News | Lord's". Lords.org. Retrieved 2015-05-29. 

Coordinates: 51°31′48″N 0°10′18″W / 51.5300°N 0.1716°W / 51.5300; -0.1716