Dale Jennins

  • Principal
  • London

Dale has a great interest in design, and extensive experience and understanding of sport architecture. Throughout his studies at the LSA at the University of Liverpool, he developed a keen interest in the planning, technology and safety of sports and entertainment buildings – the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989, at which Dale was present, was pivotal in his decision to pursue a career in this field.

After joining Populous in 1992, Dale was heavily involved in the design and construction of the Alfred McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield, working on the planning and façade design of the main buildings. The building went on to win the prestigious 1995 RIBA Building of the Year Award. In 1996, Dale was project architect on the Reebok Stadium in Bolton, working collaboratively with the client to develop the project brief, which culminated in the completion of the project on site within a 14 month period.

In 1997 he moved to Melbourne, Australia to commence work on the design of Etihad Stadium. The project established a new world wide benchmark for stadium design and expectations. Sophisticated moving tier technology allows the lower section of the stadium seating to be reconfigured, drawing spectators up to 18m closer to the action when hosting soccer or rugby. As an expert in sport architecture, he was responsible for the design of the stadium bowl and spectator circulation.

During his time in Australia, Dale was also involved in the design of the State Netball and Hockey Centre. The facility hosted the Hockey and Netball events of the 2006 Commonwealth Games.

Since working on the early concept designs and planning of the new Wembley Stadium, Dale has been project designer for the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC), designing the redevelopment of Centre Court and new Courts 2 and 3. The design of the innovative hydraulically operated roof, which evolved after a scientifically demanding process, has continued Dale’s limitless interest in cutting edge technology of sport architecture. This experience took Dale back to Melbourne to assist in the detailed design of the redevelopment of ‘Margret Court Arena’ into a 7,500 arena with moving roof at the home of the Australian Tennis Open.

Dale is taking environmental sustainability to the next level by leading the Populous team in the design and development of a theoretical project for the ‘Low Carbon Stadium of the Future’, continuing his interest in building technology. He also sits as the Head of the Stadium Technical Review committee within Populous.

Dale has a great interest in design, and extensive experience and understanding of sport architecture. Throughout his studies at the LSA at the University of Liverpool, he developed a keen interest in the planning, technology and safety of sports and entertainment buildings – the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989, at which Dale was present, was pivotal in his decision to pursue a career in this field.

After joining Populous in 1992, Dale was heavily involved in the design and construction of the Alfred McAlpine Stadium, Huddersfield, working on the planning and façade design of the main buildings. The building went on Read More »

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