Bath Rugby has put together a design team to draw up detailed proposals for a planning application for increased capacity at the club’s The Rec stadium. The club is holding two consultation events at the end of September before submitting a planning application for any development at the Recreation Ground. Chief Executive Nick Blofeld said:
This new facility is for the use of the whole city, with the rugby ground and home of Bath Rugby just one of many functions. With that in mind, it is appropriate that we consult the people of Bath in the process of drawing up a design to be submitted as a planning application. The Rec is one of the most recognised grounds in world rugby, with Bath Rugby having played there since 1894. We celebrate our 150th anniversary in 2015 and it is fitting that these plans are now being worked up ahead of that historic milestone.
The club said that the most notable improvement will be to the appearance of The Rec and the facilities on offer, which the club believes currently fall far below Premiership, not to mention international, standards.
The East Stand will continue to be a temporary stand that is removed each summer to allow the Rec to be used for other sport, leisure and cultural events. The West Stand, North Terrace and Clubhouse will be demolished and redeveloped to vastly improve the three permanent stands.
The design team is made up of Wilkinson Eyre Architects, engineering consultants Buro Happold, environmental design firm Nicholas Pearson Associates, law firm Withy King, Boyer Planning and project management specialist Capita Symonds. The team’s brief is to incorporate the space within the existing footprint.