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Season of Sport


01// Introduction

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.

02// The Commentary Box

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.


03// Design

The evolution of the hallowed turf

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.

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The Velodrome

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.

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The Universally Accessible Venue

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.

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04// Why I'm Passionate
About Sport

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.


05// Events


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.

Delivering NextGen Spaces for Sports & Entertainment

06// Design
in Practice

Season of Sport Projects

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