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FaulknerBrowns wins Dutch sports campus jackpot

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North-east England-based architect FaulknerBrowns has beaten four local firms to land a £60million sports education project in Holland that could be used in the 2028 Olympic Games

The practice, which has offices in Newcastle and Darlington, has now started drawing up concept designs for the Sport Campus in The Hague.

As well as a 3,500-capacity arena, the campus will include the Academy for Sports Studies, the Sport & Movement College and accommodation for a number of sport-related organisations.

Holland is weighing up a bid for the 2028 Olympic Games, which will fall on the 100-year anniversary of the 1928 Amsterdam Games.

FaulknerBrowns partner Russ Davenport told AJ: ‘We’ve got our eye on 2028, and the Sport Campus could be used as a training or education facility if the Games go to Holland.’

The firm, which has worked in Holland for 20 years, hopes it will win more sports and leisure work if a Dutch city hosts the Games.

‘It is a small country and we are well known, so we would like to think we are in a good position, but it will be competitive,’ said Davenport.

The practice designed the White Water Canoe Centre in Broxbourne for the 2012 London Games, as well as the Manchester Aquatic Centre for the 2002 Commonwealth Games.

FaulknerBrowns beat Venhoeve CS, BDP/Khandekar, Studio Leon Their/Broekbakema, and Zwarts & Jansma to win the Sports Campus job in The Hague.

Set in a listed park in the centre of the city, the campus will cover 50,000m².

‘The main challenge will be creating something of this size in a live park and ensuring it is appropriate for the setting,’ said Davenport

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