Prism Architectural is proud to be supporting Ben Ainslie Racing in its challenge to bring the America’s Cup back home to Britain where it all began in 1851.
Four times Olympic Gold Medallist and 34th America’s Cup winner, Sir Ben Ainslie, has developed a British entry capable of winning the prestigious trophy, something Britain has so far never managed to achieve.
Construction of the Team HQ is well underway on the Camber in Portsmouth; Prism has joined the team as a Base Supplier and are supplying and currently installing high specification glazed curtain walling to both external and internal elements of the building, including a curved glass leading edge vision screen to the feature tower.
In accordance with the team’s sustainability goals – monitored and supported by 11th Hour Racing – the base is being built to the BREEAM Excellent standard. It will become the focal point for the design, construction and development of the team’s boats and will also provide sports science and fitness facilities.
With a planned completion in May 2015, at the heart of the base showcasing the sport, innovation, technology and sustainability will be a visitor centre, run by the 1851 Trust.
Jonathan Goring, BAR Team Base Project Director commented:
“Prism Architectural has been key to BAR’s new base development. We were granted planning consent in late June 2014 and started construction a couple of months later, so our time schedule looked like ‘mission impossible’. Prism has designed and installed windows and curtain walling in record time, giving us the critical watertight building required to fit out and occupy by May 2015. They committed a full team and factory capacity from the beginning and were our first Base Supplier to come onboard. Without Prism our incredibly tight schedule would have become an impossible schedule.”