a 15,000 capacity multipurpose indoor arena set in a 24 hour entertainment and retail campus for the Scottish capital. We provided the vision, business plan, funding, architecture and execution of this national project working alongside local government and private investors.


Working with promoters, engineers, technicians and other experts from the worlds of music and entertainment, Nick Brown Architects have developed a prototype arena design that can be delivered anywhere in the world. The design focuses on the quality of performance, the sustainability and commercial efficiency of the buildings, and the drive to control cost.

This creates the dNA or inner workings of the building, and this leaves the building envelope, or ‘skin’ with the function of responding to the different contexts, cultures and climatic conditions that make each project unique. The next few images show three striking designs, based on the same dNA, that are designed to suit sites in Europe, USA and South America.


Lilleshall Hall is one of five National Sports Centres run by Sport England.

The design included a new five-court sports hall, sports injury clinic, changing facilities, enhanced DDA provision to the existing facilities and new hotel accommodation.

A four-team changing pavilion serves a series of synthetic pitches that are used by the England hockey team and 25 refurbished bedrooms provide short-term stay accommodation for visiting athletes.

The existing Eaton Colson Building on the estate has been refurbished and extended to provide specialist recovery and rehabilitation facilities for injured service personnel, known as the ‘Battle Back Centre’. Operated by the Royal British Legion, this is one the best rehabilitation facilities in the UK.


Situated within the grounds of Henry VIII’s childhood home, Bisham Abbey has since become one of Sport England’s elite training facilities.

The scheme adds 50 new bedrooms, a restaurant and education and training
facilities, built to a high quality and sensitively integrated into the site.

The result has modernised and secured the future of Sport England’s oldest facility for a new generation of world-class athletes.


Adventure Parc Snowdonia is situated in Dolgarrog in North Wales, on the site of a former aluminium works. The site was transformed six years ago into the world’s first artificial surfing lagoon, café, children’s activity building and campsite with 38 camping pods.


Alderley Park Sports Centre: current mix of sports hall, studios and fitness suite, as well as three new outdoor tennis courts and a five-a-side 3G pitches.


The striking design is thermally efficient, with a fabric-first approach supported by biomass boilers, photovoltaic cells and rainwater harvesting. Large expanses of glazing provide plenty of natural daylight. The centre has won numerous Civic Design Awards and is also an exemplar case study on the Sport England website.