THE BIG INTERVIEW: Nick Marshall, Director, KSS

In this latest industry interview, we hear from Nick Marshall, Director at KSS, who describes his career journey to date, as well as latest progress on AFC Wimbledon’s new Plough Lane stadium, the Academy for Crystal Palace, and elite training facilities for both Leicester City FC and Liverpool FC, all of which are currently on site.


In this interview, conducted via Zoom, KSS Director, Nick Marshall, takes us through his career journey thus far, which sees him now as a Director and owner at the award-winning sports architecture and design company.


Nick talks about the practice’s current projects on site – the new Plough Lane stadium for AFC Wimbledon, the Academy for Crystal Palace FC, plus new elite training facilities for both Leicester City FC and Liverpool FC – and outlines the unique challenges brought about by delivering these during the Coronavirus pandemic.


Fan Zone at the new Plough Lane stadium for AFC Wimbledon. The exciting development is the culmination of a fan-owned rebirth for AFC Wimbledon that started 17 years ago as the English Football League One club look to the future and developing a state-of-the-art stadium 
Conference facilities at the new Plough Lane stadium: KSS and Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd are proud to be working with AFC Wimbledon on the specifications for the stadium, which will be integrated in the wider Plough Lane development including new residential units, retail and commercial space


Nick also talks about their work on the new Main Stand at Liverpool FC, which will be the host venue for the next edition of ALSD International – Europe’s leading event for the Premium Seat & Sports Hospitality sector – and how he foresees the premium and hospitality offerings at sports and entertainment venues evolving over the next 2-5 years.


Anfield Stadium main stand extension by KSS Design and landscape design by Planit-IE


Finally, Nick talks about how he believes sports venue design will evolve and transform over the next 2-5 years.


KSS is working on an elite training facility for Leicester City FC. The masterplan includes 12 full-size pitches, a show pitch with a 500-seat stand to allow academy teams to play in a match environment, a full-size indoor pitch signature building that moulds into the landscape forming the centrepiece of the masterplan, integrated training centre building for first-team and academy squads including fitness and hydrotherapy suites, tactics, medical, media, dining facilities and a 9-hole recreational golf course and sports turf academy which will train the next generation of elite ground staff
The KSS-designed state-of-the-art training centre for Liverpool FC will bring together the Club’s first team and under 23 squads academy operations together on one site to create a new elite training campus. The site master plan incorporates a clear segregation between the respective squad facilities, with the linear form of the main training centre building providing the separation and maximised frontages out onto the respective pitches
KSS is working on the Academy for Crystal Palace, which is set to secure Category One status in a major expansion and enhancement of the football facilities. The redevelopment will allow the club to provide first-class playing and training facilities to more than 200 players on a single site opposite the first team Training Centre


KSS is a leading architecture and design practice specialising in major sports venues and training facilities, educational projects and residential developments.


NB: A fully transcribed text version of the interview will be available within the next 24hrs, so watch this space!


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ALSD International – Europe’s leading event for the Premium Seat & Sports Hospitality sector – taking place at Liverpool FC’s Anfield Stadium this October, 12-13, will examine how to increase revenue through new builds, renovations, service expansions and the latest technology, and how to recoup lost revenue post COVID-19.



The next edition of ALSD International – organised by the Association of Luxury Suite Directors and Sports Venue Business – will feature a high-level conference, an exhibition hall showcasing the latest products, services & solutions, tours of Anfield, Everton’s Goodison Park and M&S Bank Arena, and numerous networking events, ensuring optimised opportunities to knowledge-share, network and do business.


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