- Senior Principal
Mike spent his early career at MH+B Architects, where he rose through the ranks to become a Director at the company. As well as commercial, industrial and residential design, Mike developed extensive expertise in sports and leisure projects within the education sector, primarily designing sports facilities for independent schools. His interest in this field led to his role as Project Architect for the award winning Odyssey Arena in Belfast. The 10,000 capacity multi-purpose arena hosts sports events including ice hockey and athletics, as well as concerts and other entertainment events. The design incorporates an indoor running track that circles the infield.
Following the success of the Odyssey project Mike lead his team to develop options to reconfigure and re-commercialise Herne Hill Velodrome. The proposals were taken to RIBA stage D, but funding constraints have permitted only limited maintenance of the facility to date.
Mike joined Populous in 2005 to develop his interest in major sports facilities. His role as a Senior Principal allows him to use his expertise in stadium and arena design to oversee a number of projects within his studio. Mike’s interest in the technical aspects of sports architecture has led him to research alternative methods of constructing spectator terracing. His knowledge has also seen him consulted on the development of the Fifth Edition of the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds.
Mike has led his team to develop, from inception to completion, an innovative 30,000 seat stadium, hotel and arena on an extremely tight budget. The new MK Dons stadium leads the field with the quality of its audience facilities and in the way it incorporates a hotel designed within a sports building. The development is phased, with a first phase budget of £42m, and the second phase to take the existing 22,000 capacity facility to 30,000, while completing the multi-purpose arena. The Phase 2 budget is £15m.
Mike’s team joined forces with Mott Macdonald’s specialist sports team to develop the masterplanning and design of the multi-sport stadium for Northern Ireland planned at the former site of Maze Prison. The proposals pulled together varying conflicting requirements from rugby, football, and Gaelic sports within one adaptable venue. The solution was well received by the sports bodies where adaptable seating systems were proposed to overcome the various pitch sizes and audience profiles.
The Copper Box Arena, one of four permanent venues in the London Olympic Park, was designed for its 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games events with a 6,000 spectator capacity. It was also designed to transform in Olympic legacy. The legacy function for the building was to provide a multi-sport community facility able to host concerts and mass spectator events, with a capacity of 7500. The project was handed over on time and on Budget in May 2011 for a cost of £28m.
The new stadium for Bristol City FC will provide the Club with a 30,000 capacity regional stadium, designed with built-in potential for expansion to host games in the very highest levels of professional football. Mike’s team have guided the project through a very complex planning process. The stadium and off site development have been granted planning consent. The project value is £60m.
Proposals to expand the Etihad Stadium have been granted planning permission, bringing together the results of extensive feasibility work carried out by Populous on behalf of MCFC. The proposals have been developed to consider a phased expansion of the ground from the existing capacity of 48,000 to an ultimate potential capacity in excess of 60,000.
Mike and his team have developed relationships with a number of football clubs across all leagues and were at the heart of developing proposals for the 2018 technical bid. A change in rules relating to football financial affairs has seen Mike’s team advising a number of Premier League clubs on adaptations and additions to their existing facilities, with a view to increasing match day income.
Mike spent his early career at MH+B Architects, where he rose through the ranks to become a Director at the company. As well as commercial, industrial and residential design, Mike developed extensive expertise in sports and leisure projects within the education sector, primarily designing sports facilities for independent schools. His interest in this field led to his role as Project Architect for the award winning Odyssey Arena in Belfast. The 10,000 capacity multi-purpose arena hosts sports events including ice hockey and athletics, as well as concerts and other entertainment events. The design incorporates an indoor running track that circles Read More »
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