Andy thrives on challenges and team work in his professional life. He attributes this to the legacy of a sporting youth as a competitive swimmer. Triathlons and cycling have replaced swimming, and he continues in his participation and enjoyment of sport as an individual and team member.
His project experience and enjoyment as a spectator and participant of sport himself have created a belief that sporting venues should strive to enhance the enjoyment of participants and spectators alike in addition to satisfying technical requirements, incorporating sustainable design and being successful in terms of operation and maintenance. This approach is coupled and complimented by his extensive experience with large design teams and collaborative delivery. In light of this expertise he has recently presented at the Safety and Security at Major Events Workshop in Rio.
As the Partner leading David Morley Architects’ work in the Sports and Leisure sector, he has worked on notable large schemes that have contributed to the practice’s reputation as a leader in this field. He joined David Morley Architects in 1996 specifically to work on sports projects. To date this has included 15 projects for the Marylebone Cricket Club at Lord’s, offering David Morley Architects the opportunity to carry out pioneering work in cricket facility design.
Work at Lord’s has included the Nursery Pavilion, a temporary structure designed and built in time for the 1999 Cricket World Cup. The 1,900sqm structure provides a flexible environment for hospitality, banqueting and educational facilities. The double skin fabric roof can be blacked out for lectures and is insulated to provide comfortable conditions for all year round use. Natural ventilation is provided through the sliding doors to the side of the building and roof lights that punctuate the ceiling.
Whilst sport is his primary focus, Andy has worked extensively in other sectors including three projects for the Royal Parks, the Isis Education Centre which was nominated for a national Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors award and The Hub sports pavilion. The Hub is a sports café that acts as the focal point in Regent’s Park providing a community space with café and complementary sporting facilities. Located at the centre of the sports fields in the Northern Parkland, clusters of changing rooms are submerged in a mound consisting of building rubble from the previous pavilion - an innovative, sustainable and cost-saving initiative.
Andy was Project Associate on the Lee Valley Athletics Centre, an indoor and outdoor elite and community facility which achieved an A Grade Display Energy Certificate (DEC), placing it in the top 1% of public buildings in the UK for energy efficiency. The centre has been used by many of this country’s top athletes and was a key training ground for the 2012 Olympics acting as the host for the GB team during the games and continuing on as an Olympic Training Centre after the games have finished.
Recent projects include Sport Park at Loughborough University, which houses the National Governing Bodies of Sport including the Amateur Swimming Association and a new outdoor swimming pool and clubhouse for The Hurlingham Club in London which has just been shortlisted for an RIBA award.
He also oversaw the Practice’s projects on the Olympic park, including the Water Polo Arena - a new type of building for major events, designed to meet the needs of spectators and athletes in games time then taken down and re-erected in whole or in part on other sites. Completed on time and on budget the building has been described by athletes as having, ‘soul and personality.’