F51 Sports Park
by Hollaway Studio
Client The Sports Trust
Awards RIBA South East Award 2023, RIBA South East Building of the Year Award 2023 (sponsored by EH Smith), RIBA South East Client of the Year Award 2023 and shortlisted for the Stephen Lawrence Prize 2023
Located on a traffic gyratory in Folkestone, F51 Sports Park is the world’s first multi-storey skatepark. Funded by local philanthropist Sir Roger De Haan, it provides a space for nurturing young people through sport on their own terms.
Appearing on approach as a shimmering aluminium vessel with glimpses of the tangerine-orange structure within, F51 looks like nothing else. Home to three floors of skating, a climbing wall, and a boxing club, as well as the social and multifunctional spaces that you would expect, there is a tangible buzz to the place.
Read the full citation from the RIBA Awards Jury on RIBA Journal.
Contractor Jenner Group
Structural Engineer Ramboll
Environmental / M&E Engineer Atelier 10
Quantity Surveyor / Cost Consultant Betteridge and Milsom
Lighting Design Atelier 10
Gross internal area in m2 3250