Journalists and broadcasters working in the iconic Lord’s media centre this summer will have no excuses for not seeing with added clarity what is going on in the middle. The ‘spaceship’ building is currently undergoing a full external cleaning and refurbishment as part of a £2 million ‘spring clean’ of parts of the ground by MCC.
It is the first time that the award-winning JP Morgan Media Centre – a single-shell aluminium structure – has undergone a five-stage refurbishment process since it was opened in 1999, and includes a comprehensive wash, 20 square metres of corrosion repairs, wet and dry sanding, a two coat re-paint, and full window clean.
This project alone will take just over two months to complete, with work scheduled to finish at the start of April, in time for the first match of the season at Lord’s – the LV County Championship Division One London derby between Middlesex and Surrey on April 12-15.
Spectators in the Grandstand, Compton and Edrich stands will also be able to take advantage of improvements to the PA systems this summer, alongside enjoying the refreshments on offer at a new MCC bar in the Food Village. Out in the middle, meanwhile, the players will benefit from the replacement of the sight screens at both the Nursery and Pavilion ends of the ground.
John Stephenson, the former Essex, Hampshire and England batsman and MCC Head of Cricket and Estates, said: “MCC is determined to maintain the reputation of Lord’s as the best cricket ground in the world for players, members and spectators, and during the last twenty-five years more than £50 million has been invested in the infrastructure of the ground to make sure that this is the case.”
The refurbishment of the JP Morgan Media Centre follows the re-opening of the MCC Academy at the start of the year. The MCC Academy underwent a full renovation during the winter, including the installation of a new playing surface, replacement of the netting and lighting, and a deep clean of the internal and external walls.