Arup Associates has won a competition to redevelop the Grade II*-listed Crystal Palace National Sports Centre and plans to make a new-build addition of a multi-use indoor arena elsewhere on the site.
The practice beat competition thought to have included Future Systems, bdp, the Lobb Partnership and hok, and will work closely with Kathryn Gustafson, landscape architect for the park scheme, to develop an integrated design for the park as a whole. Arups plans to refurbish the centre and build an indoor arena - proposals feature a ‘community sports facility’ including a 50m swimming pool, health and fitness activities, and indoor and outdoor tennis. A new regional centre will include an indoor events arena and facilities for elite training. The current athletics stadium will be retained and refurbished.
The practice will now work up a detailed scheme to form the basis of a full bid to the Sports Lottery Fund later this year. As regards the recently listed nature of the building, English Heritage has indicated it will be ‘flexible’.
Arup Associates’ architectural director James Burland said: ‘The stadium and sports hall were inspired projects in the early years of Ove Arup’s engineering practice, and to return with an architectural and building team fulfils one of his key philosophies.’