KEEPING LORD'S WORLD CLASS
Founded in 1787, Marylebone Cricket Club is the most active and famous cricket club in the world and owner of Lord's Cricket Ground - the Home of Cricket.
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Home MCC get the cleaners in
MCC will spend £2million on infrastructure enhancements and maintenance of Lord's in 2012 - starting with a full external refurbishment of the J.P. Morgan Media Centre.
The award winning Media Centre, sponsored by J.P. Morgan since 2011, is having its first refurbishment of the single outside shell since it was opened in 1999.
The process includes a comprehensive wash, 20m2 of corrosion repairs, wet and dry sanding, a two coat re-paint, and full window clean.
The project is due to 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 on April 12.
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 the Nursery and Pavilion ends of the Ground.
MCC Head of Cricket and Estates, John Stephenson, reiterated the Club's determination to maintain Lord's' reputation as the best cricket ground in the world.
He said: “During the last twenty five years, MCC has invested more than £50 million pounds in the infrastructure of the Ground.
"The spring clean of the J.P. Morgan Media Centre this month represents the most recent phase in the Club’s ongoing commitment to ensure that Lord’s remains world-class, as well as world-famous.”
The refurbishment of the J.P. Morgan Media Centre follows the re-opening of the Anglo Indian 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.
The J.P. Morgan Media Centre was opened in 1999, and has won multiple industry designs, including the coveted Stirling Prize.
Designed by architectural firm Future Systems and constructed by ship builders, the aluminium single shell structure stands fifteen metres above the pitch at Lord’s, and spans 42 metres between the Compton and Edrich Stands.
It has accommodated international media for all major matches at Lord’s since it opened, including the 1999 ICC World Cup Final, the 2009 ICC World Twenty20 Final and Test matches featuring every Test-playing nation in the world.