Ian Thompson has 30 years' experience in the delivery of major world sports facilities and events as a designer, design manager and project manager. However, his and SKM's big break came relatively recently, with the Sydney 2000 Olympics.
The consultant won an array of work on the landmark Games and Thompson was involved in the design development and construction of facilities including the main stadium, the international shooting centre, softball and baseball facilities and athletic training facilities.
The success of the Sydney games bolstered both Thompson and his employer's sports construction cv, and they have never looked back since. The next major event was the 2004 European Championship in Portugal, where SKM was the structural engineer on the 65,000 seat Stadium of Light in Lisbon (above). Intended as the home of Benca FC, it replaced the club's original ground and was built in time to be a key venue during the championships.
Thompson further extended his Olympic experience as project director when SKM was called in to rescue the notoriously difficult Athens 2004 Games. The consultant took on the unusual role of contractor, architect and engineer for the Calatrava-designed reroong project for the Games' landmark stadium building.
SKM was appointed to the project in November 2002 and was able to work with the client to deliver the £134M project within 18 months.
After turning around an Olympics that seemed on the brink of failure, Thompson moved to the Turin Winter Olympics where SKM took a less hands-on role than Athens, project managing the infrastructure programme.