The first roof beam for the new Warner Stand has been installed at Lord’s Cricket Ground, London, in a great milestone for this iconic new project at the ‘Home of Cricket’.
With each measuring between 18 and 24 metres in length, the cantilevered beams will be covered by a translucent fabric roof.
This style of roof – the first of its kind in the country – will ensure that those sitting in the stand benefit from both shade and a high degree of natural light.
Philip Johnson, senior principal at Populous, said:
The roof is the stand’s most dramatic feature. It is designed to cantilever from the central part of the building so its edges are thin and the overall form graceful. This is the first of the 11 glulam beams that form the roof’s primary structure; made from American White Oak, and selected because it is incredibly strong, sustainable and has a highly crafted appearance.
The Warner Stand has been designed to significantly improve the view for spectators, whilst also exceeding best practice standards for accessibility so that it is fully inclusive.
Spaces within the building include a state-of-the-art match control suite for officials and the emergency services, bars and other facilities for spectators, and a 135-cover restaurant with magnificent views over the ground.
The building has been designed so that the restaurant can be used throughout the year for dining or as an event space.
Robert Ebdon, MCC assistant secretary (Estates) said:
We’re very excited to get the final stage of the Warner Stand reconstruction underway with the installation of the beams, and the roof is already starting to take shape. I’m thankful to Populous for such a fantastic design, and I very much look forward to having the new stand fully operational for MCC Members at the start of next season.
The new Warner Stand is the first phase of MCC’s ambitious masterplan-led redevelopment, and is located in the western corner of Lord’s Cricket Ground.
Image courtesy of Populous