Planning for Bath Rugby’s new stadium has been put on hold due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
Stadium for Bath is part of a plan to regenerate the riverside in the English city of Bath between Pulteney Bridge and North Parade and create a new, world-class community and sporting stadium at the Rec.
A planning submission was due to have been made in early 2020. But Bath Rugby said in a statement:
Our industry, like many others, is experiencing an extraordinarily difficult time and with such uncertainty surrounding us, it is the right and responsible decision to take time and pause the Stadium for Bath project.
From the outset, Stadium for Bath has been determined to create an outstanding stadium not only for elite sport but also for the city and its many communities.
Stadium for Bath is a project which brings together Bath Rugby, Bath Rugby Foundation and Arena 1865; a collaboration formed to redevelop Bath Rugby’s stadium on the Rec in the heart of the city.
The new 18,000 capacity stadium was to be built with the aim of retaining Premiership rugby in the heart of the city and also providing huge economic and citywide benefits.
Tarquin McDonald, Bath Rugby Chief Executive said:
The world has changed almost overnight and we have paused our work on the project whilst our priorities are rightly in a different place. To bring forward plans for a new state of the art stadium in the heart of a World Heritage Site is complex and it is important that we get it right. We will use this time to reflect on the work we have done so far and the needs of our club, our city and our community following Covid-19.
Whilst this pause is disappointing, it is right at this time, and we would like to thank everyone involved in the project, including our supporters, all of our neighbours and local businesses in Bath who have contributed so much of their feedback over the past few years.