Portsmouth is now home to the Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing America’s Cup sailing team. Land Rover BAR was awarded £6.5million of Government funding to support the team and its proposal to build a base on The Camber in Old Portsmouth – a site already approved by Portsmouth City Council.
The team now has a permanent base and visitors’ centre at The Camber in Old Portsmouth, finished in time for a British challenge for the 35th America’s Cup, the oldest trophy in international sport.
The construction of this project was dominated by the need for speed and durability. Team BAR were keen to get their latest catamaran race yacht prototypes designed and constructed well ahead of the America’s Cup Qualifiers racing program in 2017. The building needed to be ‘the last word’ in durability due to its location - situated in the historic naval base of Portsmouth, the environment is classed as Marine without a doubt.
Specialist roofing and cladding contractor T A Colbourne were employed by the main contractor Allied Developments to provide the roofing and cladding works.
Fixfast provided a problem solver with their DrillFast A4 stainless steel fastener range - supplying all the fasteners needed for securing the external building envelope on this iconic and prestigious project.
The Camber Quay is an area that epitomises Britain’s great maritime heritage and the team’s headquarters incorporates sailing operations, research and development, boatbuilding, sports science and fitness facilities.
It also includes accommodation for support services like commercial, sustainability, event management, communications, marketing and PR, along with a visitors’ centre to showcase innovation and technology.
The project showcases UK design, technology and innovation and the facility has achieved a BREEAM excellent rating.