As part of our TheStadiumBusiness INSIGHTS series, we’ve been interviewing leaders in stadium design and development.
Grimshaw – the London-based, globally recognised architecture firm synonymous with transport and masterplanning – is now establishing its reputation in sports. TheStadiumBusiness caught up with the practice’s managing partner and head of sports, Kirsten Lees. What can this firm bring to the sports world?
“Our approach – if there is such a thing – is through collaboration. Each project tends to be operated from the local office. We have the most experienced sports experts in London, but we share knowledge freely with our colleagues abroad. My team are currently the most involved in sports, however we have expertise across all teams at Grimshaw. We don’t however have a dedicated sports team as we believe that there is tremendous value in our teams working across different sectors. After all, our aim is to create high quality architecture, whether it’s an office, a station or a sports building.”
Lees says that it is this multi-sector collaboration that has the potential to set the firm apart from others, especially in the sports world which has historically been dominated by specialist sports design firms…
We explore projects as diverse as Wimbledon, The Curragh and the new Stadium for Bath in the full interview.
YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE (6page PDF, 1.2Mb)
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