We’re just back from delivering the 6th annual Design & Development Summit in Barcelona (27-28-29 Nov), and from reviewing initial feedback, we’re proud to have hosted our most successful Summit to date.

Our speakers truly delivered this year; project previews from the most innovative upcoming stadia, masterclasses from the sports industry’s leading architects, smart stadia, hospitality transformations, guest experience design, technology, construction innovation, panel discussions, live debates and more.

With an exceptional attendance list, business opportunities were maximised with our unique networking events; a jam packed Welcome Reception, exclusive tour and project briefing hosted by FC Barcelona at the Johan Cruyff site and Camp Nou, and of course the inaugural Design & Development Awards.

Vodafone Park, Anfield and Mercedes-Benz Stadium were among the six winners announced on 28 November during the Awards presentations, with our social media feed buzzing with each announcement. The official Winners Brochure details each of the successful entrants, congratulations once more to all of our winners.

Overwhelmingly positive feedback has been pouring in since the final session closed – but don’t take our word for it – here are some of the messages we received.

“It is such an organized, well-attended and wonderfully operated conference and we hope to be back again next year” – Arthur Blank Family of Businesses

“Both the content and the organization have been perfect. Please extend my sincere thanks to the entire team. It has been a great experience. The networking is so important and the platform you created is just wonderful” – Hertha BSC

“It has been very useful from a business standpoint, great to see old friends and meet new ones, and the award was the icing on the cake!” – Walter P Moore Associates

“Well done for such a professionally run event, really impressive and thanks for the opportunity to speak” – KSS

A huge thank you to all of our speakers, sponsors and attendees for being part of our most successful Summit to date. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Missed all the action? Get in touch to pre-register for next year, 13-14 November 2018, Wembley, London.

What are people saying?

Thank you for a great conference, which gave us several potential suppliers for our new stadium

Janus Khyl Director, FC Helsingor

Everyone is so generous with their insights and knowledge.

Kirsten Lees Partner, Grimshaw

You get people from all over the world; architects from Brazil or the states, owners from clubs in Europe and design experts and project teams... and it’s absolutely fantastic

Daniel Gidney Chief Executive, Lancashire County Cricket Club, UK

My colleague and I agreed it was one of the slickest, most professional events we have ever attended, well done to you and your team.

Jason Maher Director, Condy Lofthouse Architects

A fantastic couple of days. wonderfully organised. Slick and professional. A week later, people are still saying how good it was.

Patrick Donoghue Sales Director, Ferco Seating

We’d heard good things about this conference so we thought we would just give it a go... we’re very pleased we did and we're definitely going to attend the show next year

Gordon Bolton Managing Director, Bleep, UK