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Leading sport architects join forces – AFL and S&P

Edgbaston cricket stadium is one of AFL's recent sport design projects

Edgbaston cricket stadium is one of AFL’s recent sport design projects

AFL Architects and S&P have merged to form AFLS+P, becoming one of the larger architectural practices in the UK, with offices throughout the UK and Ireland employing more than 100 staff. Recent projects in the sports sector include the London 2012 Aquatics Centre, the Peter Makaba Stadium in South Africa and the Abu Dhabi Sports Village.

Keith Ashton, former director of S&P and now one of the six Principals of AFLS+P, said:

S&P is a well-established, 22-year old business with an extensive track record in sports and leisure.  This merger with AFL Architects adds to our skill base and allows us to offer more services to our existing clients internationally.  All staff at both practices will remain in their current positions and will have the opportunity to work on new and varied projects.

John Roberts, of AFL and now a Principal of AFLS+P, added:

We have been working collaboratively on projects with S&P for three years.  Now, with a highly experienced board, we have become one of the largest architectural practices in our specialist sector, we will embrace new opportunities, seek to drive best practice and innovation in the industry and continue to offer an excellent service to our clients.  Our staff too will have the opportunity to work on new and exciting projects in the UK, and abroad.

By joining forces, they will extend their reach nationally and internationally.  AFLS+P has offices in London, Manchester, Glasgow, Dublin and Doha.  Regional growth will continue in the UK, with a new office in Birmingham in May this year, and internationally, where it will build on work in Russia, Azerbaijan and Doha.

The board of directors of AFLS+P are Keith Ashton and Peter Simpson (S&P), and Martin Morton, Phil Osborne, Garry Rowlands and John Roberts (AFL).