Megan Ashfield

Megan Ashfield

  • Principal
  • London

From her studies at university, Megan’s interest has always focused on the detailed design of large scale entertainment destinations – the competitor and performer requirements, the spectator experience and the back of house support facilities and processes that enable the staging of major events. Megan joined Populous in 1990, and has continued to develop the practice’s understanding of the functional requirements of sports buildings, and how people use and respond to the environment they inhabit for an event.

In 1996 Megan joined the Australian office in Sydney to head the interior design team for ANZ Stadium (formerly Stadium Australia), the venue which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies, and track and field athletics events for the 2000 Olympic and Paralympic Games. The stadium opened in 1999 seating 110,000 spectators and was reconfigured in 2002 to a capacity of 80,000. This fit-out design role involved creating flexible solutions that would enable the varying uses of the venue before, during, and after the Games, and allow for the phasing of construction with each reconfiguration.

Since her return to the London office, Megan has been involved in the concept and detailed internal design of Wembley Stadium, from the initial briefing with the client through to installation on site. In terms of built area, Wembley is the largest stadium in Europe, its multiple concourses, atria, private boxes, restaurant and dining spaces established new standards of spectator comfort and experience for all visitors. Alongside this project, Megan was also involved in the detailed design of new debenture hospitality lounges and dining areas for Centre Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, and the concept interior design for the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

After the opening of Wembley Stadium, Megan joined the design team for the London 2012 Olympic Stadium design, where her experience in Australia was valuable to the successful development of the brief and space planning for internal and external areas of the Stadium to suit the London Games Organising Committee requirements for the venue to be integrated into the Olympic Park event experience.

Megan is currently engaged with on-going work for the transformation of the London Olympic Stadium into a multi-purpose Legacy event venue; and also assisting the design development of the proposed new Grand Stade in Paris for the Fédération Française de Rugby.

From her studies at university, Megan’s interest has always focused on the detailed design of large scale entertainment destinations – the competitor and performer requirements, the spectator experience and the back of house support facilities and processes that enable the staging of major events. Megan joined Populous in 1990, and has continued to develop the practice’s understanding of the functional requirements of sports buildings, and how people use and respond to the environment they inhabit for an event.

In 1996 Megan joined the Australian office in Sydney to head the interior design team for ANZ Stadium (formerly Stadium Australia), the Read More »

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