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Our Vision

We are an international architectural, masterplanning and interior design practice. Our team creates buildings, experiences and spaces that resonate.

We evolve alongside the communities and clients we serve.

A building is more than the space it contains: it is energy and interaction created by people.

We have developed close, long-term relationship with our clients over decades, always with the end user in mind. The continual development of our services, and of the core sectors they encompass, is the result of listening and responding to the needs of the people who use a space.

The biggest impacts are often made at the earliest stages. We have introduced new ways of working that bring clarity to a brief, and allow us to work with you - wherever you are on your journey - whatever the demands of the project.

We have a shared responsibility to develop the next generation.

We invest in staff to ensure that our skills, knowledge and experience are retained and built upon, across the industry.

This includes:

  • Active participation in the RIBA Student Mentoring scheme
  • Regular placements and commitments for Part I and Part II students
  • Apprenticeships for students in our partnered colleges
  • Graduate recruitment targets and a clear structure of progression
  • Attendance at career fairs with our partnered universities
  • Encouragement of personal development through a continued professional development (CPD) program
  • Training opportunities and regular attendance at conferences
  • Employee involvement in the Manchester Society of Architects
  • Skills and knowledge sharing across our sectors

We are engaged members of our communities.

Many of our projects are delivered local to where we live and work. Being invested in the success of these projects at both a professional and personal level fuels our team’s investment to leaving a sustainable legacy. Our activities include:

  • A long-term partnership with environmental charity City of Trees, where we have fundraised, hosted charity talks and planted trees to provide enhanced ‘third space’ areas
  • Regular contributions to NHS fundraising events, most recently for Sheffield Children’s Hospital and Warwick Hospital
  • Regular collaboration with social enterprises to help facilitate public consultation and active resident participations in our regenerative housing projects
  • A donation to a charity every Christmas, chosen by our staff
  • Participation in charity events, such as Macmillan Coffee Mornings and Wear it Pink Day
  • Designs that encourage the use of local trades and materials

Our Global Reach

We design for a diversity of people and cultures across the world, whatever their needs, for decades to come.

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Qatar

Our delivery of the 80,000 capacity Lusail Iconic Stadium for the 2022 FIFA World Cup represents the pinnacle of our international journey so far.

We continue to work in the Middle East on various sports and mixed-use projects.

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South Africa

The design and delivery of Peter Mokaba Stadium for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

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China

Our work in China is our fastest growing market, involving collaboration with some of the largest businesses and clubs in Asia on mixed-use leisure and training facilities.

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Turkey

Our work for the Turkish Football Federations includes production of the bid for UEFA Euro 2024 and a stadium review for the country's successful 2020 UEFA Champion's League Final bid.

Currently we are working on the redevelopment of the iconic Ataturk Stadium.

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Turkmenistan

The delivery of the Ashgabat Olympic Stadium. The venue hosted both the opening and closing ceremonies of AIMAG 2017, it is now an IAAF and FIFA compliant international multisport venue and music arena.

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Ireland

The Munster Branch of the Irish Rugby Union commissioned AFL Architects to redevelop Thomond Park to create a state of the art 21st Century stadium for Munster Rugby.

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Russia

Various projects including the winning concept for the FC Kuban Stadium which was designed to UEFA, FIFA and Russian Football Federation standards.

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United Arab Emirates

The development of the Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium. A 40,000 capacity stadium with a hotel, conference centre, and a mixed commercial development on site.

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Spain

Finalist for the New Camp Nou competition for FC Barcelona. The project involved the addition of 6,000 seats to the existing stadium, increasing its lead as the largest football venue in Europe.

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Poland

Employed to carry out a UEFA review to comply with current legislation and green guide standards.

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United Kingdom

AFL is one of the largest architectural practices in the UK. Our expertise nationwide translates into high-quality design for the international market, underpinned by our status as a RIBA Chartered Practice.

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Azerbaijan

Various projects for FC Gabala, including a 9000m2 training facility, recreation and training suites, shared gym, swimming pool and indoor sports hall, and eight practice pitches. There is further accommodation available within the stadium including a hotel and conference facilities, as well as retail and corporate hospitality space.

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Brazil

Designed a submission for the 2016 Rio Olympic Park master plan competition.

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Ukraine

Remodelled the existing stadium to comply with green guide standards in order to gain UEFA approval to host group games for Euro 2012.

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Iraq

Designed a concept for the Baghdad Stadium to host the Olympic Games and a variety of national and international events. The design construction requirements were met for Olympic and Paralympic Games as well as FIFA standards.

Culture

Our projects are inclusive, diverse and collective. They come to life through people who embody these principles.

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We are always on the lookout for talented individuals. If you like the look of what we do and how we do it then please get in touch.