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Lord's Cricket Ground


Description of Works
Lord’s Cricket Ground, home to Marylebone Cricket Club, Middlesex County Cricket Club and the England and Wales Cricket Board, is one of the most high-profile sporting venues in the UK. FM Conway first began work at Lord’s in partnership with The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG). We carried out extensive repairs to the surfacing around the W.G Grace Gate ahead of the ground being used as an Olympic venue for the archery competition. Members of Marylebone Cricket Club, which manages Lord’s, were impressed with the quality of the works and as a result chose FM Conway to deliver its wider resurfacing programme across the Ground.

Services used on this project Aggregates, Asphalt and Concrete Surfacing
Delivering Innovation 

Our works have involved laying approximately 150 tonnes of base course with 1200m2 of resin bound material. Resin bound material is particularly hard wearing, long lasting, and provides both a heritage feel and a durable surface. We also laid 66 meters of granite setts, mainly around the Ground’s bar areas. The project involved a range of teams at FM Conway – including surfacing, design and materials supply – which came together to deliver the project smoothly.

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FM Conway ticks these boxes for us, delivering high-quality works to tight timescales.

John Dawson - Project Manager at Lord's Cricket Ground
Challenges and Solutions

Martin O’Connor, Supervisor at FM Conway, explained:
“The main challenge at Lord’s was a logistical one. Firstly, we had a hard deadline to finish by mid-April, the start of the new cricket season. There were a large number of other contractors on site at the same time, all working toward the same deadline. Our work was critical for allowing the overall programme to progress and we put in a number of all-night shifts to get the job done. 


“Secondly, it was imperative throughout our works that the groundsman and his staff were still able to access their facilities. We built a raised ramp over our resurfacing areas, allowing the ground staff to tend to the pitch while we worked around it.”

 

John Dawson, Project Manager at Lord’s Cricket Ground, said:
“Lord’s is a 365-day arena that hosts a range of events, high-end catering and tours – all on top of the busy cricket programme. This makes it essential that our contractors are flexible and work with us to make our improvements run side-by-side with the everyday operation of the ground. FM Conway ticks these boxes for us, delivering high-quality works to tight timescales.”