In line with our lifelong mantra of creating places for people, we have delivered a number of influential stadiums, arenas and other sporting venues worldwide. Sport possesses a unique ability to change lives. From team games to the Olympics, competitions unite people across cultures and borders and make for for some of the world’s most exhilarating annual events.
Combined with the influential effect grassroots and community initiatives can have on global health, wellness and community cohesion, we are proud to be industry leaders in sports design.
This season, we are shining a spotlight on sport in all its forms and celebrating the designers, competitors and spectators that steer sports infrastructure.
For our third podcast series, we welcome a fresh team of guest speakers to share their experiences working with industry heavyweights ranging from Everton FC to Manchester United and UFC. Across our upcoming episodes, BDP’s hosts explore what it takes to deliver the very best legacy-driven designs, starting at the elite training venue and ending in the spectator’s hospitality suite.
With capacity crowds watching five-day-long matches, a stark dependency on amicable weather and a need for good lighting, cricket presents the designer with a unique set of challenges.
Architect Director, Andrew Capewell, explores all the design considerations when creating a modern cricket ground.
From the commuter soaring through the city in Tour De France style to the seasoned Olympic competitor, cycling might have been around for centuries but remains no less popular today.
In the first of our Design Considerations series, we hone in on the captivating science behind velodromes.
In the second instalment of our Design Considerations series, we explore how to implement universally accessible design, drawing on the revolutionary approaches used at the Toronto Parapan American Games.
As sport is played by and for people around the world, we wanted to use this campaign to give the people of our own global practice to take their moment in the spotlight. This is why we created our global internal initiative, ‘I’m passionate about sport because…’, which celebrates our staff and their favourite sport in all its forms! From a national-level basketball player in the UK to an avid recreational trail runner in Peru, and everything in between.
Read more about why the people of BDP are passionate about their sports.
On Tuesday 29th of November, Dipesh Patel will be taking to the podium at this year’s Stadium Business Design and Development Summit to deliver the talk ‘Football in Hot Climates’.
Drawing on the techniques and intricate knowledge used to create the FIFA World Cup Ahmad Bin Ali and Education City stadia, Dipesh will be delving into BDP Pattern’s specialist skills in parametric design.
Joining him for the duration of the conference, delegates include Andrew Capewell, Rachel Baldwin and Gavin Elliott.
Al Rayyan is known in Qatar as the ‘gateway to the desert’ and for its strong connection to the country’s traditional culture and heritage.
Education City Stadium is an ultra-modern facility designed to host the Quarter Finals of the FIFA World Cup 2022 tournament in Doha, Qatar. This will be the second World Cup Stadium to be designed alongside Al Rayyan Stadium.
Sustainable upgrade to the existing outdoor track built in 2014. To meet the Parapan and Panamerican Games, and the UCI requirements for a Category II velodrome, a building was added around the outdoor track.
The inspiration for this project is reflected at the base of the VIDENA Athletic Stadium and the Bowling Centre, as well as in the light fabric roof of the Athletic Stadium and metal facade of the Bowling Centre.
Radical re-development of Old Trafford cricket ground, set to transform the historic venue into one of the country’s premier sporting destinations.
Ace makeover for tennis championship venue. This project was underpinned by our masterplan, which reorganised the entire championship site to improve facilities while retaining the spirit of ‘tennis in an English garden’.
A stadium for a hot and dry climate has very different drivers to one built within a temperate climate.
To find out more about our sport and entertainment team's work and recent projects have a look at their latest brochure.
BDP has announced that is has become an official partner of Lancashire County Cricket Club, with which it has worked for more than 15 years on the redevelopment of Emirates Old Trafford.
BDP’s designs for a new high-quality sports facility in the heart of Lancashire have been approved in principle by the county council.
Like all sporting venues, there are very specific rules in cricket governing the scale and geometry of the pitch and wickets – ‘the hallowed turf’.
Delivering universally accessible design, the Toronto Parapan American Games has left a lasting legacy for inclusivity at sports venues. Having aimed to create the most accessible games ever, our inclusive design consultancy, Human Space, worked with the Planning, Design and Compliance team on the Athlete’s Village and four of the new sports venues for the Canadian edition of the event.
Here we outline the top five considerations for designing a cycling velodrome, which informed our design of the VIDENA Velodrome in Lima for the Pan American and Parapan American Games in 2019.
Professional cyclists and para-cyclists might move quicker than the speed of light, but for this year’s Commonwealth Games at Lee Valley VeloPark, BDP’s lighting team has delivered an efficient and effective lighting scheme that keeps pace.
The built environment is fundamentally tied to the history and identity of countries across the world and, for cultural hotspots from Milan to Paris, design functions as a vital tourist attraction and revenue stream.