Lords Cricket Ground - Picket FenceInstalling an 800m High Fence in Two Weeks
The Client ISG gave Perimeter Fencing Solutions a brief. ISG is a global construction specialist delivering where places and people thrive. We were awarded this project from ISG to design, supply and install the fencing to meet specification, design and budget. In 2017 MCC Members voted to develop the Ground from the Club’s own resources without recourse to enabling residential development. The Club continued with plans for the second phase of the Masterplan redeveloping the Compton & Edrich Stands, designed by two-time Stirling Prize winners WilkinsonEyre.
This job was to take place at Lords Cricket Ground in London. In January 2019, Marylebone Cricket club were granted permission by Westminster City Council to construct the two new three-tier stands. The construction of the new stands is scheduled to start in late August 2019 and be completed for the 2021 season. Most of the build will be carried out during the off-season and be completely halted for major matches. This was to ensure that no games were interrupted by having work going on so everyone was tasked to get their jobs done when there was no games taking place.
The fence would need to comply with the current crowd loading of 1.5kl/m. After a few proposals Perimeter Fencing Solutions needed to develop this detail into a workable design and specification. The use of a D grade Oak post was Introduced. And a Sample piece was developed for approval. With some minor tweaks the design was near complete. We now added a steel shoe manufactured to house the oak post onto the precast concrete wall. The Design was then approved, and we went about sourcing the raw material which proved challenging with the COVID restrictions. Once we managed to source the timber, the oak would be milled to size and shape and then kiln dried.
Key statistic 1
We had to comply with Coronavirus social distancing,
with all on site team members wearing masks whilst working
Key statistic 2
Work had to be completed within two weeks to ensure
that it did not disturb the cricket season
Key statistic 3
The fence needed to comply with the current
crowd loading of 1.5kl/m.
The challenges we faced were that Perimeter Fencing Solutions were to comply with Coronavirus social distancing and all workers on site wore masks, washed hands and social distanced when on site. This was to ensure the safety of all workers. We also had to complete our works during off season at the Cricket ground or when there were no games on to not disturb the live games taking place. This was considered and installed within two weeks.
Lord’s cricket ground, known as the Home of Cricket, is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club and was Founded in 1814. Lord’s Cricket Ground, commonly known as Lord’s, is a cricket venue in St John’s Wood, London. Named after its founder, Thomas Lord, it is owned by Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and is the home of Middlesex County Cricket Club, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), the European Cricket Council (ECC) and, until August 2005, the International Cricket Council (ICC). Lord’s is widely referred to as the Home of Cricket and is home to the world’s oldest sporting museum.
This was a great opportunity to work with ISG on this project and to carry out work for the Home of cricket. It looks fantastic all finished and we were pleased with the outcome of this and cannot wait to see games taking place now it is all finished.