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Ice hockey club Helsinki IFK leading the charge in creating 'new kind of recreational hub' in Finland

Finnish ice hockey team Helsingin IFK (HIFK) are helming a development team to build what is projected to become one of Finland’s most popular leisure attractions: Garden Helsinki. The complex, major parts of which will be situated "almost entirely underground", will feature a number of sports, hospitality, and recreational facilities including an 11,000-seat indoor arena, 200-room hotel, ice rink, gym, hotel, and spa. On-site restaurants and residential apartments will also be constructed on the premises. As well as becoming the
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Bjarke Ingels reveals designs for Oakland's new 'intimate' baseball stadium

Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise Oakland Athletics has revealed detailed designs for an ambitious waterfront stadium. Designed by Danish architect Bjarke Ingels and his BIG practice, the 34,000-capacity stadium is being planned for a site at Port of Oakland’s Howard Terminal. The expansive project includes two connecting elements. The site of the MLB team's current stadium, the Coliseum – where the club has played since 1968 – will be redeveloped in a way that will "benefit the community", while also
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FaulknerBrowns Architects-designed £270m indoor ski centre plans approved for Swindon, UK

A major new indoor snow centre and leisure destination in Swindon, UK has been given the green light by the local council. Designed by sports and leisure specialists FaulknerBrowns Architects, the £270m (US$345m, €303m) project will include a 2,00sq m (21,500sq ft) snow centre featuring two real-snow slopes – measuring 75m and 170m in length. It will also house a 12-screen cinema with the largest IMAX screen in the UK; a bowling alley; an indoor trampolining centre; a 130-room hotel;
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Populous-designed "epicentre for esports" opens its doors in Texas

Esports Stadium Arlington, the largest video gaming stadium in North America, has opened in Texas. Designed by international architecture firm Populous and built by Shawmut Design and Construction, the new 100,000 sq ft (929 sq m) facility features eight tea rooms, a player lounge, and a competition space amplified by surround sound. The venue, which will be able to accommodate up to 2,500 people, will also utilise broadcasting technology supplied by Grass Valley systems, allowing international competitors to engage in
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Dubai firm to build the world’s largest sports mall

Emirati real estate developer Viva City Developments has announced that it will supervise the creation of a record-breaking sports complex in Dubai. Dubbed "The Sports Society", the 3-storey structure will occupy 3,717 sq m of space and a feature number of leisure attractions, such as an ice-skating rink, trampoline park, martial arts dojo, bowling alley, and cricket simulator, as well as multiple climbing walls and retail shops. Other amenities in the new community space will include spa and beauty studios
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Grimshaw Architects offer first look at the newest Eden Project

London-based architecture firm Grimshaw have unveiled renderings of Eden Project North (EPN), a marine-centred recreational complex and leisure attraction in Morecambe, UK. Conceptualised for environmental charity Eden Project International, the new destination will take the form of a series of mussel-shaped pavilions on the Morecambe seafront. EPN will also feature a number of amenities and facilities intended to enhance well-being, including lidos, performance halls, gardens, and observatories. The development is expected to mirror the success of Eden Cornwall, which –
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The Runnyhoneys is a running group based in the Healthy New Town of Bordon in Hampshire and two other locations

Prescribing wellbeing

"The Healthy New Towns initiative aims to design out ‘obesogenic environments’ and design in health and wellbeing"

The UK government is building 10 new towns based on health, with wellbeing incorporated from the ground up. Stu Robarts investigates
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China is currently investing heavily in its football Super League

Interview: Andrew James

Andrew James heads a new partnership between Populous and Alisports, the sports arm of Alibaba

"Alibaba has set its sights on operating 50,000 sports venues in China over the next 10 years to build a connection with its 470 million subscribers"

The Populous director explains a major deal which will transform China’s sporting infrastructure
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The £65m dry sport facility in Den Haag will include a 3,000-seat elite arena and a sports academy

Interview: FaulknerBrowns

Mike Hall

"If I was a diver, I couldn’t wait to be poised on the 10m platform so close to the spectators in such a dramatic intimate environment."

Mike Hall, sports partner, talks about FaulknerBrowns' innovative designs for the Aberdeen Aquatics Centre
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Levi’s Stadium

Field of jeans

"We incorporated green thinking into everything – such as recycling most of the construction debris - Jack Hill, project executive, San Francisco 49ers"

Behind the scenes at a sports venue at the leading edge of technology, Levi’s Stadium
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The purpose-built, glass walled Tunnel Club will give views of the players’ tunnel

Interview: Chris Lee, managing director, Populous

Christopher Lee, managing director at Populous, is overseeing the stadium development

"Creating an accessible public space is important commercially, but it’s even more important socially"

Lifts the lid on the design of White Hart Lane
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The new landmark national stadium

Singapore Sports Hub

"The hub will deliver on the Singapore government's mission statement of providing a space which will catch the public's imagination and improve activity levels"

Opening in June 2014, the Singapore Sports Hub will put the tiny nation on the global map of premium sports venues
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San Francisco 49ers

Levi's Stadium

"The vision for Levi's Stadium has always been to create the ultimate fan experience through the use of innovative technology"

Hot tech: San Francisco 49ers' new home in Santa Clara has been touted as the most technologically advanced in the word – fitting in with its Silicon Valley surroundings
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