RMJM Sport Design History
RMJM has enjoyed a distinguished history in the design and construction of sports venues across the world. Opening in January 1970 to a number of awards, the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh marked the firm’s first major sports and leisure complex design. In 2002 the project was nominated by the Architecture Heritage Society of Scotland as one of the most significant modern contributions to Scottish heritage.
RMJM’s sports venue experience extends across a range of different disciplines, including horse racing with the Doncaster Bloodstock Sales Arena Complex, fencing with the Olympic Fencing Venue in Beijing, masterplanning services for the Sushant Golf City in Lucknow, India and structural and building engineering services for the Dubai Creek Golf Club.
RMJM’s most technically challenging moment in sports complex development came with a commission to design a multi-purpose arena as one of the four principal venues on the Beijing Olympic Green Boulevard during the 2008 Olympic Games. The challenge extended beyond issues of time or budget, as the complex needed to be capable of taking on a second life as the China National Convention Centre following the games. The Beijing Olympic Convention Centre, as it was known for the duration of the Olympics, hosted the biggest media centre in Olympic history, as well as winning an ‘Outstanding Survey and Design Prize’, a ‘Construction Innovation Prize’ and a ‘Scientific Innovation Prize’ for Olympic engineering projects.
Working in collaboration with a leading Scottish Golf Academy, the Studio’s most recent project comprised the design of a cutting edge golf facility based on the Chinese ‘five elements’, at Takaro Lodge, New Zealand.