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Client: Ben Ainslie Racing
Project value: £12m



The prestigious new BAR headquarters is the focal point for the design, construction and development of the Ben Ainslie Racing, America’s Cup boats. The building facilitates state-of-the-art boat design together with sports science and fitness whilst also providing a visitors’ centre and VIP suite.

This BREEAM excellent, 27m tall, 2670sq.m building brings together the three key functions of boat design and team training, boat building, and a Tech Deck and Education Centre.

As well as adopting PassivHaus principles throughout the build, the team have also implemented a number of solutions to secure the environmental performance of the building including innovative fabric façade and photovoltaic installation.

The project has attracted £7.5m of Government funding plus a further £1.4m from Portsmouth City Council.

The building will be home to the 1851 Trust, a charitable trust that aims to inspire and engage a new generation through sailing and the marine industry, providing young people with the education, skills and training to become innovators of the future and stewards of the marine environment. Royal Patron, the Duchess of Cambridge.


Constructing Excellence Awards 2016 – Winner, BIM Project of the Year (London & South East)

RICS National Awards 2016 – Winner, Commercial Project of the Year

BCO National Awards 2016 – Winner, Project (Innovation)

RIBA Regional Awards 2016 – Shortlisted