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David Keirle, chairman
Working for Liverpool FC for the last six years and
designing two of my favorite projects has certainly been the
most enjoyable experience. Understanding the soul of the
club and designing a training center that captures all that is
good about the club has been extremely rewarding.
Perhaps KSS’ greatest challenge has been working on the expansion
of Anfield. Designing a new stand which captured the true spirit of the
club, looked like it was always meant to be there, enhanced what was
already a fantastic sporting atmosphere and receiving the praise of
owners and fans alike, has been truly humbling.
Debbie Drake, associate director,
As a passionate rugby supporter, our involvement in the player facilities
with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) at Twickenham Stadium and
Pennyhill Park Training Centre, is one of many highlights
from over 16 years at KSS.
Working directly with England Rugby coaches and
psychologists, we built on and visualized the culture and
values of the elite squad into the player environments. It was a
challenge to embed the current training ethos along with a rich team
heritage but the result successfully proved the power of design and
physical surroundings to benefit a strong team connection. n
David Rollason, associate director
I started working with Brighton & Hove Albion FC
(BHAFC) in 1998, when the club was in the Third Division
of the English Football League and ground-sharing at
Gillingham FC. Among my first BHAFC projects was
obtaining planning consent for spectator seating at Withdean Athletics
Stadium, to provide a 9,000-capacity temporary home.
After a long and difficult planning process, the opening of the AMEX
Stadium coincided with a sustained period of success on the pitch, and
BHAFC is now an established Premier League team. An ever-growing
fan base demand and worldwide media interest has required an ongoing
program of capacity and hospitality expansion works across the stadium
which continues today.
BHAFC now regularly play in front of 30,000 crowds, with matchday
facilities among the best in the country. I am proud to have been part of
its transformational journey over the last 20 years.
Debbie Power, associate director,
The launch of One Twenty at Wembley Stadium was
a significant transformation for Club Wembley and its
members after a decade of limited investment.
I am extremely proud to have been the creative drive
for such a prestigious project. Our passion and dedication to the success
of the project resulted in our client appointing us to also design
the guest collateral elements such as menus, blankets and lanyards,
ensuring that every element of the guest experience was considered
Our creativity and attention to detail meant that this project set the
new benchmark at the stadium, and arguably is also an industry
benchmark. It’s the jewel in Wembley’s crown and laid the foundations
for a long-standing relationship between KSS and Club Wembley.
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