TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit is the world’s leading gathering of professionals involved in the design, construction, refurbishment and management of sports and entertainment. For 2022, the meeting of project teams returns to Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester against a backdrop of venue redevelopments and new-builds across the NorthWest
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Head of Operations Lancs Cricket/Emirates Old Trafford
I have been working for Lancashire Cricket for the last 6 years during a period of significant redevelopment and growth. My current role as Head of Operations has led to me working alongside our projects team, taking responsibility as the client through construction and exposed me to the growth in our business as a result of each individual development. Working within stadium operations, I have seen an increase in the volume, scale and quality of events that we now host at the venue and we are now looking to the final stages of our stadium redevelopment plans.
Managing Director PTI Consulting
Mike formed PTI Consulting with the aim of enabling clubs and venues to access industry specific technology leaders. In the current climate PTI address the considerable digital transformation and strategic technology needs in the sports and entertainment industry. Having worked across 23 venues in football, rugby, cricket, golf and venues in general over his 14-year career in the sector to date, Mike brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the ticketing, data and insight space from a provider and customer perspective having built, deployed and operated the platforms behind several club operations and procured industry recognised systems.
Sam Wright is a Director at WilkinsonEyre and currently leads the Sports and Leisure Team. Since 2001, Sam has delivered award-winning projects such as the Liverpool Arena; the London 2012 Olympic Basketball Arena and more recently, the redevelopment of the Compton and Edrich stands at Lord’s Cricket Ground. His work has been instrumental in expanding WilkinsonEyre’s work in the sporting sector both in size and concept. He is currently the only British architect to have lead and delivered major venues for the last two Olympic Games.
Managing Director YTL Arena - Bristol
Andrew has 30 years’ experience in sports & entertainment industry and senior global events executive. Appointed Managing Director of YTL Arena Bristol (planned 17,000-capacity arena) in October 2018, Andrew Billingham has spent 14 years as a senior executive for major sports & entertainment venues and 16 years in sports sponsorship and global events. Andrew has served over 10 million customers across major stadiums: Ashton Gate Stadium, Bristol (27,000-capacity); Bet365 Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent (30,000-capacity); St. Andrew’s Stadium, Birmingham (28,000-capacity). Senior global events executive for adidas (FIFA World Cup; Olympic Games; UEFA European Championships). Andrew was the group CEO of Bristol Sport where he led the team that completed the £50m rebuild of Ashton Gate stadium (27,000 capacity) and facilitated the creation of a new commercial operating business bringing together Bristol City Football Club and Bristol Bears Rugby under one umbrella. From Premier League football to world renowned brands such as adidas, Andrew’s career has been built through hard work, determination, and a real passion for entertainment. Andrew has volunteered for the Prince’s Trust for five years and in 2019 was appointed as chair of the South West Development Committee.
Managing Partner Grimshaw
Kirsten brings insight and experience in the development of high-profile sports venues and masterplans. Her work at Wimbledon includes the development of the long-term strategic framework and the redesign of No. 1 Court. Other projects include the new grandstand and masterplan for The Curragh Racecourse and Stadium for Bath with Bath Rugby Club.
Shortlisted for AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2014, Kirsten’s work is acknowledged for its subtle response to place and unique expressive and material qualities. She has skills in physical planning and urban regeneration with strong focus on the role of the public realm in shaping solutions.
Board Member Al Ahly Club - Egypt
A qualified Civil Engineer, Mohamed Zakira works as teaching assistant in the American University in Cairo and current Board member of Al Ahly Sporting Club, Egypt. Finished his Master of Science in Construction Engineering at AUC and in parallel did his MBA in Sports Management at Real Madrid Graduate School. Awarded by Best Paper Award in “IASTEM” International Academic conference in Munich 2018 for his MSc thesis topic in generating a dynamic feasibility analysis model for calculating costs and revenues of construction of stadiums workable on 56 countries. He was nominated from Real Madrid University to represent Egypt and Africa as guest speaker in “The world football summit”, Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid, 2018 and currently he is in charge of Al Ahly Sports City construction committee
Director and Global Sports Sector Lead Ramboll UK
Martin is a Director and the Global Sports Sector Lead at Ramboll and has an excellent track record in the sport and entertainment sector having worked on a number of national and international stadia and arena projects. Through delivering such projects, Martin understands how the requirements of different disciplines need to be integrated together driving a well-coordinated and high value solution. As a director Martin is responsible for delivering multi-disciplinary projects and leading teams. He strives to understand in detail the client and stakeholder key drivers so he can use his experience to add value to projects where it matters most.
Head of Estates Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Lords
Educated at Hurstpierpoint College, Robert studied Construction Management at South Bank University graduating with first class honours. Following a successful career working on several major projects, he worked with industry leaders such as James Longley & Company, WS Atkins and Synergy Construction Consultants.
Having project managed the refurbishment and extension of the Pavilion at The Oval in the early 1990’s, Robert was invited by Maurice de Rohan to join the Estates committee at MCC in 2004. Elected a Member of the MCC in 1994, Robert was later appointed Assistant Secretary (Estates) in April 2014 leading million pound ground development projects.
Ramboll is a leading engineering, design and consultancy company founded in Denmark in 1945. The company employs 15,500 globally and has especially strong representation in the Nordics, UK, North America, Continental Europe, Middle East and Asia Pacific. With more than 300 offices in 35 countries, Ramboll combines local experience with a global knowledgebase constantly striving to achieve inspiring and exacting solutions that make a genuine difference to our clients, the end-users, and society at large. We add value through detailed insights, utilisation of technical world class expertise, creative thinking and breadth of services. We suggest the most optimal solution seen from a holistic perspective and optimise the design to ensure that our clients get most value for money. In the sports sector, Ramboll has experience of delivering world-class sports facilities, including stadia and associated precincts and training facilities. We regularly team with leading sports architectural practices to deliver such facilities as part of a wider team or as lead consultant. Our portfolio includes; Ashton Gate, Bristol; Al Rayan, Qatar; Gibraltar National Stadium; and the new Valencia stadium. Ramboll works across the markets: Buildings, Transport, Planning & Urban Design, Water, Environment & Health, Energy and Management Consulting.- View Website
d&b audiotechnik is internationally regarded as a thought leader delivering professional audio solutions. Founded in Germany in 1981, d&b has gained a reputation for quality of engineering, standard of service, system integration principles, and pioneering technological development. Company headquarters are located in Backnang, near Stuttgart, where research, development and production take place. Together with branch offices worldwide, the d&b team numbers 500.- View Website
From humble beginnings, Daktronics grew to become the world leader in LED digital display systems and today sets the market standards for customised digital display systems. During the journey, we haven’t forgotten where we came from. From our CEO on down, we guarantee our employees will put you first. With offices world-wide, Daktronics has had more than 18,000 video capable installations, satisfying customers around the globe. With more than 550 engineers, we continually invest millions of dollars into researching and developing our display products. In 2016 alone, we invested $23 million into our cutting-edge technology to ensure our products outperform your expectations.- View Website
GMS Sella GmbH has a long tradition of producing high quality stadium seats, that can be found around the globus.
Continuous development, constant optimizing and perfect manufacturing are the basis of our philosophy. Thanks to this quality-oriented approach, we have become one of the leading manufacturer of seats for sports areas.
Our seats have been awarded with the GS certificate and comply with the international quality standards of FIFA and UEFA.
Quality – That’s what we stand for!
KSS are internationally recognised as a leading sports architecture practice, specialising in stadia, indoor arenas and training centres. We work with our clients to create venues of high quality and intense sporting and spectator experiences. We provide a full range of sports design consultancy services in master planning, architecture, interior design, graphic design, branding and wayfinding. From our main office in central London, we create intelligent energy-efficient architecture where the design is informed by site context, functionality and flexibility. Our sports team leaders have over 26 years of experience in stadium design and are proud to have worked globally in this field. Key highlights are Coimbra Stadium in Portugal, The Amex Stadium in Brighton, Stade Océane in Le Havre, Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa, Anfield Stadium and Training Centre for Liverpool FC, No.1 Court at Wimbledon, Twickenham Stadium in London, Selhurst Park Main Stand for Crystal Palace FC and Training Facility for Leicester City FC.- View Website
The global leading manufacturer of structural cable net roof systems for stadium and arena. An innovative approach to cable system design, proven manufacturing & engineering, meticulous project management and reliable installation tensioning expertise have combined to position Redaelli as the cable system delivery partner that can be relied upon. Notable long span lightweight major stadia roof contracts currently under construction include Cameroon National Stadium, 110,000 seat capacity Motera Cricket Stadium in Gujarat India, the Adana Stadium in Turkey and a major London stadium. Projects successfully delivered in recent years include the Wanda Metropolitan stadium for Atletico Madrid, the Hard Rock stadium in Miami, the San Diego Convention Center and the Brasilia, Salvador & Porto Alegre FIFA World Cup stadium in Brazil.- View Website
Architen Landrell is at the forefront of tensile architecture innovation. We specialise in structural membrane design to create landmark fabric structures, stadiums and arenas with iconic features. With 35 years’ experience in the industry, an impressive portfolio of award winning projects and a growing list of over 6,000 structures in 48 countries, our track record speaks for itself.
From our UK office we offer a global service to the design and construction market. From initial design ideas to in-house manufacture, installation and after-care, we are here to look after your structure from its first day onwards.
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Founded in 1984 near Paris, France, L-Acoustics is the market leader in professional sound reinforcement technologies. With over 400 team members worldwide and offices in Paris, London, Los Angeles, and New York, L-Acoustics is present in over 80 countries via our network of Certified Providers. Focused on solutions that elevate the audience experience, more than 20% of L-Acoustics’ talent is devoted to R&D in the areas of acoustics, applications, mechanics, electronics, signal processing, and software development.
Recognized for pioneering the line source array, L-Acoustics continues to shape the future of the professional audio industry with L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology, a multidimensional, object-based approach to designing, mixing, and processing sound that results in extremely natural and intelligible audio and a more vibrant, and authentic connection between artists and their fans.
SSE Audio provides services to the live events industry. Established in 1976 for sound equipment hire and sales, SSE is now a part of the global Solotech Group and forms the largest UK supplier in this sector, with offices in Redditch (near Birmingham) in the West Midlands, Heywood in Greater Manchester and Park Royal in London. Our Systems Integration teams design, specify, integrate and install complete systems for a growing portfolio of venues in a range of sectors across the UK.- View Website
Bendac are the UK’s leading custom LED display solutions provider, designing and delivering industry-leading LED solutions to multiple industries. Headquartered in our dedicated technology, engineering and innovation centre, Bendac continues to grow and invest in UK-based engineering, ensuring that our clients are supported equally, for the duration of our projects.
With installations at several prestigious UK stadiums, Bendac have gained significant traction within the sporting sector. Providing full sporting solutions – inclusive of replay screens, scoreboards, conference solutions and concourse displays – Bendac Sports is built on a commitment to provide innovative yet practical LED solutions for stadia environments.
Bendac Sports adhere to a curated process, involving a host of professionals who design, develop, and deliver refined and reliable solutions that align with your vision. Our design team work with clients, from initial consultation stage, through to the installation of your project, ensuring you achieve the optimal solution for your concept.
Bendac is a customer centric, LED specialist organisation, focusing on innovative solutions. Our strategic structure has allowed us to heavily invest in a wide variety of product and technology initiatives, enabling us to excel as not only an LED specialist company but as an innovator of custom visualisation.- View Website
Buro Happold is a world-class engineering and consultancy practice. As a community of creative specialists, we work collaboratively to deliver outcome-focused solutions for clients within the sports and entertainment industry. Our founder, Sir Ted Happold, believed that only by sharing our different skills and knowledge can the highest quality transformative results be achieved. This approach continues to drive a culture of integrated thinking. Whatever the challenge, as a multidisciplinary team we have the expertise and experience to meet it.
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Xperiology’s total focus is the global sport, leisure and entertainment sector.
They’re a “boutique agency” operation with offices in Storrington (UK) and Cortona (Italy) serving the information needs of the global sports and entertainment sector. They work with many of the sector’s leading organisations, providing illuminating ideas in EVENTS, ADVISORY and INTELLIGENCE.
Xperiology also deliver bespoke training and development workshops to help share best practice and shape the next generation of sports and entertainment venue industry executives.- View Website
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