Keeping the home of cricket at the forefront of the sport
Marylebone Cricket Club
Lord’s Cricket Ground is the Home of Cricket and an iconic venue famous the world over, but the Marylebone Cricket Club needed to invest in its floodlighting system to keep pace with a fast-changing game.
We were tasked with securing planning permission for a design that would be both sensitive to the ground’s listed structures and as unobtrusive as possible to the residents in the surrounding neighbourhood, both visually and in terms of light spill.
The starting point? Crafting a compelling story, to explain how dynamic cricket is with innovation being driven by TV and sponsorship. We made the point that without floodlights, Lord’s would not be able to innovate and would be left behind.
We also undertook a review of floodlighting at other Test grounds and looked at whether fully retractable lights were possible. This research decisively concluded that the system developed by Abacus Lighting was world-leading and essential.