The brief for the Emirates Stadium, just a short walk from Arsenal’s previous 38,000-seat ground in Highbury, north London, was to provide a world-class stadium with the best sight lines, playing surface and atmosphere in the English Premiership. Meeting the needs of a modern club in terms of spectator comfort and facilities, media access and excellent corporate facilities was paramount while recreating the unique territorial atmosphere that Arsenal generated at its previous home.
The site itself provided big challenges for the design team. As well as being a very tight, triangular site, it was formerly home to an industrial estate and waste transfer station for Islington Council. Buro Happold carried out a full environmental impact assessment of the site and supervised the subsequent remediation work before having to plan the construction sequencing to fit with these tricky constraints.