Ben Vickery has thirty-five years’ experience in the design of sporting venues, both permanent and temporary and of related buildings and projects.
With a keen interest in all sports, Ben’s design expertise includes stadiums for soccer, rugby football, athletics, venues for horse racing, and event overlay design. This experience has culminated in a great degree of knowledge of the standards and requirements for all sport building types. As a member of the CEN commitee Ben assists the writing of technical standards for the design of sports buildings throughout Europe, and is co-author of the 5th Edition of “Stadia: The Populous Design and Development Guide”, 2013, Routledge.
He prides himself on the excellence of his many major projects: popular with their users, they operate successfully, they look great and are profitable for their clients. Each building must achieve the aims of the client and improve on the ones before. It should incorporate the best ideas and the latest technology, including current experience from elsewhere in the world, and innovative ideas specific to the project.
Strongly committed to the power of collaboration, the success of these projects has been achieved through teamwork with clients, consultants, staff and all other authorities and stakeholders.
Paul Hyett’s experience in the field of sports and entertainment projects has been gained over the last fifteen years during which time he has worked on major projects in the UK, France, Spain, Russia, the Middle East, China and Australia. Projects have comprised both new-build and major re-working and expansion of existing facilities. These have included stadiums for soccer and rugby football, cricket, Australian Rules Football and multi-purpose arenas designed to host both sporting and non-sports events. Genres have ranged from major club facilities to national state-owned venues. In parallel Paul has led teams that have conducted technical reviews of both existing and proposed facilities for national associations and sporting federations.
Committed to teamwork, Paul believes in the closest possible collaboration with clients in the formulation of project briefs, design and delivery. Hyett is also an experienced forensics architect who has investigated and reported on major building failures in terms of basic design and technical problems as well as code compliance. Such issues are critical to the delivery of safe and functional sporting venues and this experience informs all aspects of Paul’s work at both design and delivery stages of projects.
An experienced conference chair and speaker, Hyett is a past President of the Royal Institute of British Architects.