How BIM Helped Refurb Lord’s Media Centre

Monday, May 8th, 2017

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As one of the UK’s leading architectural practices for combining design and technology, David Miller Architects (DMA) has cleverly used Building Information Modelling (BIM) to transform the interior of an already prize-winning building.

The J.P. Morgan Media Centre at Lord’s Cricket Ground was awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize in 1999 as one of the most iconic and intuitive pieces of architecture in modern-day sport. Designed by Future Systems and engineered by Arup, it was the first all-aluminium, semi-monocoque building in the world, built and fitted-out in two boatyards, using boat-building technology – revolutionary at the time. This impressive, futuristic structure stands 15 metres above the ground and is solely supported by its two lift shafts.

Since 1999 the game has moved on and the demands on the media centre to offer greater facilities have increased. As David Miller was the project architect on the original project – then at Future Systems – Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) turned to David to lead on this £4 million refurbishment project.

The J.P. Morgan Media Centre, despite its striking form, needed to be upgraded to increase the space provided to broadcast and print media. DMA began with digital scanning of the structure inside and out, which was essential as all plans from the original build were in 2D formats. The scanning process allowed DMA to produce 3D models, from which they identified an additional 15% of internal floor space.

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Robert Ebdon, Head of Estates at MCC, said: “The game has changed immeasurably since the 1990’s and the broadcasting of the sport has grown considerably. At Lord’s we host some of the biggest games in the world and as a first-class sporting venue, we need to provide flawless facilities for broadcast and written media”.

“The development of the J.P. Morgan Media Centre is part of a wider investment masterplan for Lord’s, ensuring its position as the Home of Cricket, not just for today, but for generations to come”.

Continue reading more on this project in Construction Manager.

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