Ben Ainslie Racing team sails ahead with sustainable headquarters

At the launch of the America's Cup World Series sailing championship, Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing has announced the sustainability measures in place at its recently finished team headquarters in Portsmouth.

The team’s headquarters has 432 solar PV panels covering 100% of available roof area. The building generates 130MWh per year from the panels and provides 100% of its electricity from renewable sources.

The 74,000 sq.ft building is fitted with LED lighting, which provides a 30% saving on energy use, and 97% of demolition materials were reused or recycled. The headquarters also holds the BREEAM Excellent rating for sustainable buildings.

Land Rover BAR team principle and skipper Sir Ben Ainslie said the team was proud of having achieved an ISO20121 sustainability rating and embedding sustainability within its operations. He said: “We will continue to push boundaries both on and off the water and by doing so hope to inspire the next generation and other sporting teams.”

Innovation legacy

Dr Susie Tomson, sustainability manager at Land Rover BAR, said the sustainability initiatives were about more than delivering a winning sailing team.

She said the project was “using our design and innovation expertise to deliver new ways of working, providing longevity for those future generations whether that be setting a blueprint for manufacturing efficiency, closing the loop around the use of composites or getting more kids out on the water”.


The Land Rover BAR team will compete in the 35th America’s Cup this summer, aiming to be the first British team to win the series.

The team is currently aiming to improve its waste use by improving its waste recycling and reuse rate to 60%. The team was awarded ISO20121 for sustainability across all its operations early in 2015.

Racing for the America’s Cup got underway in Portsmouth this weekend, with Ainslie’s team coming first and second in Saturday’s two races. However, Sunday’s events were abandoned due to poor British weather.

Matt Field

Action inspires action. Stay ahead of the curve with sustainability and energy newsletters from edie