AN architectural firm has scored off the pitch after winning Best Professional Service Business serving Football at the inaugural Football Business Awards.
Newcastle-based Red Box Design Group was recognised by the judges for their role as master planners, architects and interior designers for St George’s Park, the new national football centre for all 24 England teams.
The judges for the awards ceremony were recruited from football and the wider business community and included Bruce Buck, chairman of Chelsea FC, Bob Wilson, former Scotland international goalkeeper, and Tom Glick, chief commercial and operating officer of Manchester City FC.
The team of judges said: “This project was delivered with real empathy for its surroundings, creating a state-of-the-art facility which will have a huge impact on English football for generations. Exciting and inspirational.”
Held at the home of Chelsea FC, Stamford Bridge, the awards celebrated excellence and acknowledged success in the business of football.
In total, 16 categories were contested by clubs and businesses, which work in football from the UK and overseas.
Alan Smith, chairman of Red Box Design, said: “We are thrilled to have been announced as winners in this category for our work on St George’s Park.
“To be chosen as the firm to bring St George’s Park to life and then to be awarded for our planning, architectural and interior design work on this project is fantastic, it’s the architects’ equivalent of scoring a hat-trick in the World Cup final.”
Red Box Design Group were able to triumph as winners in a category which also saw KSS Design Group, Pinsent Masons, Turner Construction Company and Walker Morris as finalists.
The company is currently involved in projects for clients including Sunderland AFC, Newcastle and Sunderland Colleges, the Eagles basketball team and Bolton Wanderers FC, as well as international projects in China and Uganda.