Hilton Hotel at The Ageas Bowl
The new four-star Hilton Hotel and Spa marked the final stage in the masterplanning of The Ageas Bowl in Hampshire. The site includes a 25,000-seat cricket stadium, stand, spectator facilities and golf course, designed with the objective of becoming the first cricket ground to achieve the England and Wales Cricket Board’s ‘model ground’ status.
The structures wrap around the stadium bowl and increase the permanent and temporary capacity, bringing business, leisure and hospitality facilities to the ground. The hotel includes 175 guest rooms, an executive lounge, a luxury spa, a signature restaurant, a 700-seat conference hall and banqueting facilities with spectacular views across the stadium. Flexibility is fundamental to the design, with pitch-facing guest rooms converting to hospitality suites on major match days and the central function room transforming into the media centre.
The masterplanning of the extended 18-hole championship-length golf course is integral to the sustainability of the whole site. The lakes and water features attenuate rainwater run-off from the buildings in the catchment area that is then collected for irrigation. The carefully integrated landscaping, together with the buildings’ external areas further enhance the site’s ecological diversity.
Locality and heritage have inspired our design across the site. The building draws on the existing palette of steel and timber materials and the golf course and landscape design are intended to frame the surrounding trees and parkland. The hotel building sits opposite the pavilion, centred on the axis of the bowler’s arm, with a form that reflects the footprint of the stands and pavilion, rather like two opposing teams.
The design of this ground breaking four-star hotel and sports stadium positions The Ageas Bowl as a unique, year-round sporting and leisure destination with iconic structures set against a stunning landscaped backdrop.
Awards 2016 LABC Award, Best Large Commercial Building 2011 Structural Steel Design Awards Highly Commended
Client: Southampton Developments Ltd | Services: Masterplanning + Architecture | Size: 175 guestrooms