How a UK architect won the job of designing all eight venues for one of the world’s biggest sporting events

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Pattern Design had less than 18 months to deliver the Pan American Games in Lima. Director Lindsay Johnston explains how they did it

Back in 2013 Lima beat three other cities to host, for the first time, the fourth largest sporting event in the world, the XVIII Pan American and Para-pan American Games.

The 2019 games, which opened at the weekend, represent 41 countries from North and South America.

But by 2017 none of the sports venues had been built and, realising they were running out of time, the Peruvian government did a “government-to-government” deal with the UK Department of International Trade (DIT) to help the organising body Lima19 to deliver the games.

With the London Olympics, Commonwealth Games and high-profile football club developments, the UK has proven experience in exporting the design, organisation and delivery of successful global sport events while leaving a positive legacy for host cities and countries.

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