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Marcel Ridyard

Marcel Ridyard

AFL Architects


Marcel has built up an exciting portfolio over his career, including major sporting complexes, offices, academic and healthcare facilities. He was responsible for leading the City of Manchester Stadium project to completion on site and is leading the design for Liverpool FC’s proposed 60,000 seat stadium in Anfield. Other current projects include Crystal Palace FC proposed move to their original home, FC Gabala Academy and new Stadium in Azerbaijan, and the Tynecastle redevelopment for Heart of Midlothian FC. Recently Marcel has spearheaded collaborative sports masterplan concept designs and believes that joining forces with consultants is the way forward for global sports market.

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Comments (4)

  • Comment on: ‘HS2 is about connecting north and south’, says Cameron

    Marcel Ridyard's comment 3 October, 2013 10:46 am

    Fully agree. Bold transport plans boost the economy and drive growth. It should be noted that most of the opponents of the planned scheme are those close to the route. Once the public consultation period has ended and measures have been included to minimise the impact on the HS2 corridor, then this project must go ahead.

  • Comment on: It’s true: people don’t know what architects do

    Marcel Ridyard's comment 20 July, 2012 11:40 am

    Ruth I agree with your comments and the RIBA is the marketing board for the profession. I believe that it is already doing a lot more than it used to in this respect and needs to keep it up. Capitalising on great PR such as Gabrielle Omar's good run on the Apprentice is the kind of thing that will engage the public.

  • Comment on: Tributes pour in for Isi Metzstein

    Marcel Ridyard's comment 11 January, 2012 10:43 am

    Isi was a great architectural mind. I had the privilege of his tutorship together with Andy Macmillan during their time at the Macintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow. Isi's insightful criticism and logical thought has stood with me and fellow students for years as practicing Architects. He will be deeply missed in the world of design.

  • Comment on: The Future of the Olympic Stadium - the profession speaks

    Marcel Ridyard's comment 17 February, 2011 3:17 pm

    A flexible multiuse stadium is now the answer. The Olympic Stadium was built as an athletics venue with a permanent athletics future and was designed to this brief. The recent arguments, between athletics viewing and football viewing, was missing the point entirely of the original winning Olympic Bid document promise. Surely having found a major anchor tenant to bolster the UK Athletics usage should be seen as purely a bonus to the future running of the stadium. A flexible multiuse stadium is now the answer.