Building Tour: Warner Stand at Lord’s cricket ground with Populous
Join Philip Johnson – senior principal at Populous – for a tour of the practice’s new Warner Stand at the world-famous Lord’s cricket ground
The Warner Stand is the first phase of Populous’ ambitious 20-year masterplan for the Lord’s ground of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC). The building, located in the south west corner of the central London site, features a fan-shaped roof constructed from cantilevered American white oak beams supporting a translucent tensile fabric. The new complex, won in an invited architectural contest five years ago, includes a 135-cover restaurant with dramatic views over the ground and a match control suite for officials.
The Warner Stand is described by Populous as a microcosm of contemporary thinking in the design of buildings for major sports grounds, with a focus as much on the non-match day uses as for cricket. High standards of sustainability and accessibility are integrated with innovative use of materials and technology, improving both the operational efficiency and the visitor experience. The design retains the character of the historic and architecturally rich context, while providing a new stand with its own identity.
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2:00pm, Saturday, 16 March 2019
3:30pm, Saturday, 16 March 2019
Lord's cricket ground
We will meet at the Grace Gates, Lord's cricket ground, St John's Wood Rd, London NW8 8QN
Philip is a senior principal at Populous and is the architect behind the masterplan as well as a number of projects at Lord’s, including the new Warner Stand which opened in May 2017. Cricket has been played at Lord’s for over 200 years, and the owners of Lord’s, MCC, have commissioned a number of different architects to design new buildings, including Hopkins, David Morley, Grimshaw, Future Systems, Populous and most recently Wilkinson Eyre. The masterplan sets out the development strategy for continual improvement at the world-famous cricket ground. Philip’s other projects include the redevelopment of Ascot Racecourse, the London 2012 Olympic Stadium and its transformation to the multi-use London Stadium. His current project, the new Riverside Stand for Fulham FC, is due for completion in 2021.