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Design Journey


Stadium for Bath has held two public consultation events regarding the project.


Download July 2018 Exhibition

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Pre-Design Listening

This is the roadmap for identifying opportunities and constraints, and developing vision and ideas into detailed plans ready for formal consideration by stakeholders and the local planning authority.  The key stages of the Club’s collaborative design process are set out below. The timings of specific stages will be confirmed and announced during the process.

Pre-Design Listening Workshops

Throughout the spring of 2017, the Club worked closely with key stakeholders including near neighbours, local businesses, schools, community groups, city stakeholders and technical and planning stakeholders to understand what matters most to them regarding this project.

The stakeholder feedback has then informed and been captured in the document entitled ‘Exploring the Opportunity’ which bookends the pre-design phase. In addition, the stakeholder feedback will then inform the appointment of the lead architect, and the subsequent design process.

Exploring the Opportunity

This is an important document which captures everything we have been told by stakeholder groups, in relation to  delivering the vision for a stadium at the Rec.It is an important milestone bridging the pre-design listening consultation, with the preparation of the Development Brief and then moving on to the formal design process.

This documents key considerations, challenges and the opportunities afforded by redevelopment, together with key criteria for the appointment of the lead architect. This document will be used to inform the lead architect and design team.


Appoint Lead Architect and Design Team

The role of the lead architect is particularly important for the project, both in terms of their design capability and their skill in responding to the site context and the key considerations of stakeholders. For this reason, the selection process has been undertaken after the pre-design listening phase and the engagement approach of the candidates will be critically assessed alongside their design credentials.

Concept Design

Preparation of Formal Development Brief

Stadium for Bath’s consultant team, in liaison with the key stakeholders and B&NES, has prepared a draft Development Brief as set out in policy SB2 of the Placemaking Plan. Consultation responses have been reported to B&NES Development Management Committee as part of the formal feedback on the document.

The purpose of the Development Brief is to complement the planning policy framework and provide more detail and clarification on key issues as well as guidance on development parameters.  It clearly articulates the environmental and historic context of the site, informed by Bath’s Design Values and the attributes of World Heritage Site.

The Council’s adopted planning policy, within both the Core Strategy (July 2014) and the Placemaking Plan (July 2017), supports the development of a sporting, cultural and leisure stadium at the Recreation Ground. Policy SB2 (Central Riverside and Rec) of the Placemaking Plan sets out a Vision for the Recreation Ground and the surrounding area, and requires the preparation of a Development Brief, in conjunction with stakeholders, the local community and statutory consultees.


Environmental Impact Baseline Studies/Surveys

It is a core part of the design and planning process that Stadium for Bath understands the feasibility as well as the social, environmental and economic impacts to inform the emerging concept design. These baseline studies and surveys are an important first part of this process.

Concept Design(s) and Response to the Development Brief

The vision for the project and the key considerations documented in this document start to be realised for the first time. It is anticipated that the lead architect and the design team will develop a number of early stage concepts in this initial emerging design phase, and consider different design options.

The project team will test the emerging design options against the Development Brief, and will also review progress with stakeholders.

Emerging Concept Design

The lead architect and design team will focus on the emerging design which provides the best possible solution for the site, the best response to the ‘Exploring the Opportunity’ document and on-going stakeholder engagement and the best outcome for the city.

Emerging Concept Design Consultation

The lead architect and design team have considered different design responses to the Development Brief, and have developed the emerging concept design which they consider provides the best solution for the site and for all stakeholders.


Detailed Design

Developing Detailed Designs

The feedback from the concept design consultation will now be used by the lead architect and design team to refine, evolve and develop the designs in more detail.

Specific Studies/ Surveys

The design team has updated the social, economic and environmental assessments and impact studies based on the specification of the detailed designs. The project team have continued to discuss progress with stakeholders (formal and statutory planning consultees).

Detailed Design Consultation

The lead architect and design team will have developed detailed designs including detailed layout plans and visual representations of the design.

Stadium for Bath has presented the detailed designs to the public and all stakeholder groups, including local residents and the wider Bath community. These consultations provide stakeholders with the opportunity to comment on key elements of the detailed designs.


The following feedback was received  at the December 2018 consultation.

69% of respondents were generally positive about the proposals

The elements of the scheme you felt important were:

  1. Improved riverside landscape 74.9%
  2. Improved spectator experience 66.8%
  3. Facilities for community use 57.9%
  4. Improved access (to and from site) 53.9%
  5. Pitch use for all 44.5%
  6. Workspace for charities and education suite 41%
  7. Market hall 28.3%
  8. Removal of Radial Gate 27.6%
  9. Car park 24.6%
  10. New coach drop-off 15%

Finalising the Detailed Design - IN PROCESS

The lead architect and design team will finalise the detailed designs, based on feedback from the consultation.

Final Design Public Exhibition

The final designs will be presented in public at time of submission of the planning application.

Final Design and Planning Application Submission

Following extensive consultation, the design team is now ready to submit the planning application for the final design.

The planning application will be accompanied by a range of technical documents, including an Environmental Statement. A Design and Access Statement will be submitted which explains how the proposals comply with and respond to the Development Brief, planning policy and comments received throughout the process.