The World Of Hospitality Issue 12 2015 - Page 9

Hilton Hotel & Spa to continue seamlessly round the stadium to form a low-level simple roofline, in contrast to the existing iconic pavilion building with its tensile roof and masts. The external timber louvre screen facades give a softly curving organic shape to the bowl and provide continuity across the various building uses in hospitality, spectator seating and hotel. Cricketing aficionados will appreciate the references to the axis of the bowler’s arm in this positioning, with a form that reflects the footprint of the stands and pavilion, rather like two opposing teams. The choice of materials was inspired by the site’s locality and heritage, with the hotel drawing on the existing palette of steel and timber materials already in use. The effect of the building’s external appearance, together with carefully integrated landscaping, enhances the site’s natural parkland setting. A measure of the success of the design came in 2014 when Test Match Special’s Jonathan Agnew tweeted a picture of the view from the Northern End, captioned: “one of the prettiest grounds, now.” The project has been brought about in no small part through an innovative collaboration between Hampshire Cricket and its local authority, Eastleigh Borough Council which is also a designated Beacon Council for sustainability. As such, the client and design team were conscious throughout the process to ensure that the project met the Council’s aspirations for sustainable design, being one of the high-profile sites within the borough. The project adopted the BREEAM approach for assessment of sustainable criteria and this was rigorously applied across the whole site. Integral to the sustainable design is the extended 18-hole golf course. Not only does this retain the connection with the ground’s parkland setting, but its lakes and water features – as well as adding visual and playing interest to golfers – form part of the site’s water management strategy. This is achieved through attenuating rainwater run-off from the buildings in the catchment area which is then collected for irrigation. Together with the hotel’s landscaping, the golf course design carefully conserves and enhances the habitat for the site’s important flora and fauna and ecological diversity. As with all major sporting venues, transporting large numbers of spectators on and off the site efficiently, and providing for their catering and welfare needs during their stay – as well as ensuring they have an uninterrupted view of the playing field – is a complex requirement. Developing the infrastructure through the construction of additional roads was therefore the World Of Hospitality 09 the first phase of the project. Phase two came with the construction of the stands in the summer of 2010. The f