Lord’s Cricket ground, aptly named the “Home of Cricket”, has a sporting heritage that spans over 200 years. This iconic venue in London has had various levels of redevelopment in recent years to increase the capacity and amenity of the ground. Littlehampton Welding fabricated and installed the original scorers box in 2003. LWL were engaged again by Lords in 2016 to come on board for their most recent development of an 11 seater Scorers box, situated between the Mound Stand public area and the Tavern Stand members area.
This prestigious project involved the fabrication, construction and installation of the box, designed by the architectural firm Populous and engineered by COWI. The box was three dimensionally detailed in house by LWL. The construction was completed off-site at the Littlehampton Welding workshop, the internal structure was fabricated from steel and braced to form an integral frame. A specialist team at Littlehampton welding then fabricated and installed the interior elements of the box, including the inner lining, wiring, lighting, IT, stainless steel handrail and flooring. Three sash windows were also fitted, allowing the middle section panes to be moved upwards to a fully open position. A counter balanced weight system behind the panelling in the back walls was installed so that the windows could be manually operated with ease.
Along with the main structure, LWL fabricated and installed the lower level technical gantry which is required for two reasons, firstly for the sky sports camera and secondly to support a new manual scoreboard. The gantry is situated directly beneath the scorers box.
To retain the box into a hung position two cantilever support arms were fabricated and fixed to the existing lift shaft, giving the appearance that the box is suspended beneath the iconic Old Father Time weather vane.