BEN AINSLIE RACING (BAR) PORTSMOUTH

Ben Ainslie Racing building Old Portsmouth

In July 2014 work started on the construction of the new Headquarters for Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) at the Camber Docks in Old Portsmouth.

The development will be the home of BAR who will be building a team to compete for The America's Cup in 2017. It is hoped that the headquarters will employ approximately 90 people directly and potentially more indirectly, and will be the centre for design, development and construction of the BAR team boats.

The images below show the development of the site from the very beginning and we hope to follow the development of the site right through until construction is complete and the new facility opens, the project should be completed in May 2015.

The America's Cup has been competed for since the first race in 1851 organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, making it oldest trophy in world sport, surprisingly a British team has never won this historic trophy. Ben Ainslie is determined to mount a credible challenge to regain The America's Cup saying "This is the last great historic sporting prize never won by Great Britain. It has always been my ambition to mount a home challenge. The time is right and I am hugely encouraged by the support we are getting."

Ben Ainslie Racing HQ in Portsmouth

The building itself, designed by architects HGP who also designed the nearby Spinnaker Tower, consists of a semi transparent PTFE fabric which is stretched around a polished concrete base structure.

Due to the nature of the PTFE fabric the building it will be possible to use back lighting, to change the colour and appearance of the structure at night. Once complete the headquarters will incorporate a visitor centre where the public will be able to witness the construction work being carried out on the America's Cup boats first hand.

The building is being designed, managed and constructed to the BREEAM standard, this encourages designers, clients and others to think about low carbon and low impact design, minimising the energy demands created by a building before considering energy efficiency and low carbon technologies. This should ensure that the building has a minimal impact on the environment, during construction and beyond.

The 35th running of the America's Cup series will be run in 2017, somewhere in the USA, the location is chosen by the current holders of the trophy and this is still to be decided. But what is known is that the yachts involved will be 62 foot foiling multi-hulls and the Ben Ainslie Racing boat will be designed and built in Portsmouth.

Good luck Ben, Welcome to Portsmouth and let's hope you and the team are able to bring the Auld Mug back to the UK after all this time.

Kate Middleton the Duchess of Cambridge visiting the BAR project 12-02-2015

On the 12th February 2015, Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, a long time supporter of the Ben Ainslie Racing project, visited the project in Old Portsmouth to see the progress of the Americas Cup Headquarter building.

Kate joined street artists James Waterfield and My Dog Sighs and students from local schools, in the painting of a mural which depicts the Solent skyline.

Kate is the Royal Patron of the 1851 Trust, an organisation dedicated to helping young people to take up sailing and work in the marine industry.