UPDATED DESIGN REVEALED
City feedback helps shape exciting new stadium and public realm vision
Following extensive consultation with residents and representatives of the City regarding its proposals to regenerate the riverside between Pulteney Bridge and North Parade and create a new, world-class community and sporting stadium at the Rec; Stadium for Bath is pleased to announce final revisions to the detailed design stage, ahead of a planning submission which it is hoped will be made early in the New Year.
Key design changes include:
- Overall height reduction of 5.1m
- 550 space car park providing blueprint for electric vehicle usage in the city
- Mature trees retained along riverside with enhanced public realm design
- Enhancements to West, East and North stands which maintain views to local landmarks including St Mary’s Church, Bathwick and the hills beyond
- State of the art hybrid playing surface available for use all year round
Throughout the process the project team have sought feedback from a broad range of stakeholders regarding this unique project including local residents close to the Rec. In particular, the team have consulted extensively with B&NES officers, Historic England and the Environment Agency along with other statutory stakeholders, and Bath Preservation Trust.
If given permission, the new 18,000 capacity stadium will not only retain Premiership rugby in the heart of the City but provide huge economic and citywide benefits. The development will also create hundreds of new jobs in construction, operations and hospitality and offer a multi-million pound boost to the city’s economy per annum through visitor spending.
Tarquin McDonald, Bath Rugby Chief Executive commented:
“For 125 years we have played our rugby at the Rec. This project is about the next 125 years and beyond.
“Keeping sport in the heart of the city is the catalyst for this project, but we are also incredibly proud of the opportunity to regenerate the riverside creating an amazing place for everyone to enjoy; of the significant social legacy we will build through the delivery of education and employment programmes being run on the site every day of the year and of the opportunity to promote grass roots community sport.
“We are passionate about the potential to support electric vehicle take-up in Bath; and of the significant boost Stadium for Bath will bring to our local economy.
“We have taken time to revisit and challenge every aspect of the design philosophy and to review how best to draw on Bath’s amazing architectural heritage – in particular its World Heritage Outstanding Universal Values – and we look forward to submitting a planning application which we hope will be early in the new year.”
SUSTAINABILITY AND TRANSPORT
Bath and North East Somerset Council are committed to reducing air pollution and congestion in the City, whilst continuing to support a thriving local economy. In order to achieve their objectives significant investment is required in traffic management measures, including electric vehicles.
Stadium for Bath will not increase parking spaces in the city, it will maintain city parking provision at current levels accounting for reductions at other sites such as Avon Street, with the benefit of reduced cross city traffic from spaces located nearer to the eastern approaches.
The concealed under-pitch car park located conveniently close to the city centre, yet outside the historic core will support the vitality of Bath’s economy, and the longer-term opportunity for pedestrianisation.
Importantly the car park will include the infrastructure to promote the opportunity for growth in electric car ownership for Bath residents by more than doubling the daytime city centre electric vehicle charging provision. In addition, charge points will also be made available overnight for local residents such as those living in flats currently using on-street parking.
Stadium for Bath is also committed to providing extensive accessible spaces and provision for bicycles including shower and changing facilities for a dedicated cycling commuter club that will be launched when the stadium opens.
Stadium for Bath intends to submit its Planning Application to Bath & North East Somerset Council early in the New Year. Once submitted, members of the public will be able to comment directly to the Council on the application.
STADIUM FOR BATH TO HOST PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON EMERGING SCHEME
Public invited to see emerging concepts for new stadium and riverside
Stadium for Bath is to launch the next round of consultation on its vision for a new leisure, sporting and community destination at the Rec.
The project, which brings together Bath Rugby, Bath Rugby Foundation and Arena 1865, hopes to deliver a new community-focused stadium which will act as a catalyst for riverside regeneration in the heart of the World Heritage City.
Over the past 18 months, Stadium for Bath has worked closely with key stakeholders across the cityincluding near neighbours and wider resident groups, local businesses, community groups, schools, city stakeholders and planning and technical stakeholders to understand their aspirations for the scheme. The design team has developed emerging concepts for creating new world-class facilities to benefit the city, wider community and the Club, with a particular emphasis on the broader civic legacy value.
The proposals include plans for the regeneration of the riverside between North Parade and Pulteney Bridge. The eastern bank of the River Avon adjacent to the Rec has the potential to become a new destination for residents and visitors to historic Bath, with the possibility of improved access to the city centre.
The Stadium for Bath public exhibition will be held in the Ricoh Suite, in the South Stand of Bath’s current stadium at the Rec, from 12pm to 7pm on Wednesday 25thand Thursday 26thJuly, 10am to 5pm on Friday 27thJuly and 10am to 4pm on Saturday 28thJuly.
At the event there will be the opportunity to speak with members of the project team, ask questions and give feedback on the initial emerging concept ideas.
For those who are unable to attend the event, all of the information will also be available viaalong with an online feedback form.
Chief Executive of Bath Rugby Tarquin McDonald said:
“This is an exciting time for the city as we progress to the next stage of consultation on Stadium for Bath’s vision to create a new destination in the heart of Bath that benefits everyone.
“Sport brings people together and has the power to make a profoundly positive impact on our communities and those who live within them.
“We believe that rugby can act as a catalyst for regeneration in the heart of the city, providing the opportunity to keep sport, not just rugby, alive in Bath, which we hope will inspire people to get involved, to get active and which will help promote overall wellbeing.
“This is also a unique opportunity to regenerate a neglected area of riverside creating a new space that we can all enjoy.
“The Rec is set in a wonderful part of our city and we have been working closely with our landlord Bath Recreation Limited, various organisations throughout the city and the local community to bring forward a scheme that is befitting to both its iconic location and its World Heritage status.”
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DRAFT DEVELOPMENT BRIEF PUBLISHED
Following an extensive 12-month pre-design consultation – Stadium for Bath today published its draft Development Brief for public consultation, signalling the official start of the concept design phase during which Grimshaw (who were appointed as lead architect in January) will develop design proposals for further consultation over coming months. It is intended that a planning application for redevelopment at the Rec will subsequently be submitted later in 2018.
The Development Brief document, which is open to public consultation for the next three weeks, has been prepared in conjunction with key stakeholders and Bath and North East Somerset Council (“BANES”).
The document forms an important milestone on the journey to deliver an exceptional Stadium for Bath. It sets out a comprehensive range of opportunities and constraints to be considered and provides the detailed framework which will enable the development of a permanent stadium. It is important both in meeting the requirements of the local planning policy as set out in BANES’ Placemaking Plan, and in setting clear guidance for the design process.
Throughout the duration of this project, Stadium for Bath has worked closely with key stakeholders including near neighbours, local businesses, schools, community groups, city stakeholders and technical and planning representatives to understand what matters most to them regarding the development of a new stadium at the Rec.
The feedback was captured in a document titled ‘Exploring the Opportunity’ published in November 2017. The Development Brief forms Volume II of this series and is to be read in conjunction with Volume I – Exploring the Opportunity.
At the conclusion of the three week consultation period (02.05.18), responses will be published, and an updated final version of the Development Brief will be available via stadiumforbath.com.
In addition to the formal publishing of the Development Brief, Stadium for Bath continues to bring together and listen to representatives of the City of Bath and the wider community to advise on the Stadium for Bath project. Current steering groups include supporters, residents both near the Rec and throughout the city, amateur sports and community project groups,and schools.
Tarquin McDonald stated: “The purpose of the steering groups is to discuss key elements of stadium development that really matter to our stakeholders, such as detailed design and supporter experience considerations, community impact projects, and the future proofing of the new stadium.
“We will continue to keep an open-door policy with our engagement and urge the people of Bath to talk to us. We will get this right if we all work together.”
Stadium for Bath is the project that brings together Bath Rugby, Bath Rugby Foundation and Arena 1865 with the joint ambition of delivering a new stadium at the Recreation Ground (the Rec) in the heart of Bath.
HOW TO SUBMIT FEEDBACK: Please use the form provided on the Contact Us page and select Development Brief Consultation as your reason for contact.
HUGE OPPORTUNITY FOR RIVERSIDE REGENERATION
You are invited to share ideas on improving city riverside
Stadium for Bath – the project that brings together Bath Rugby, Bath Rugby Foundation and Arena 1865 with the joint ambition of creating a new sport and community-focused destination in the heart of the city – is calling on you to have your say.
Redevelopment of Bath Rugby’s current stadium is the catalyst for the project, which offers a unique and timely opportunity to regenerate the riverside in the heart of the city, adjacent to the Rec.
This important part of the city centre, which has been long overlooked has the potential to become a vibrant new leisure destination for residents and visitors of Bath, with the added opportunity for improving access to the area from the city centre.
Bath Rugby’s current stadium at the Rec has for years faced away from the city centre leaving little scope for public realm development. With the commencement of the Stadium for Bath project – which could see a new rugby stadium and community facilities created on the Rec – new life could also be breathed into the neglected river frontage.
The opportunity comes at a time when Bath is seeing investment in its riverside areas, creating new business hubs, new homes and new public spaces adjacent to one of the city’s greatest assets – the River Avon. The Bath Quays and Bath Riverside developments are two such projects that when complete will breathe new life into once forgotten parts of the city.
Tarquin McDonald, Chief Executive of Bath Rugby, believes that there is an opportunity to create an exceptional new riverside as part of the Stadium for Bath project and is inviting the people of Bath to have their say.
“Over the past 12-months we’ve been consulting extensively with neighbours and many people across Bath and the resounding feedback has been a sense of optimism and excitement about the opportunity for creating something exceptional in the heart of this unique city.
“Over the coming months, we will be accelerating the design process not only for the new stadium but for the riverside too. We want people to share with us their aspirations for the area which is such an important part of the city, with the opportunity be a jewel in the city’s crown. We would love to see ideas and examples from around the world of truly great riverside regeneration to help us create a place that can be enjoyed by everyone for many years to come.”
To spark the debate, Grimshaw, lead architects on the Stadium for Bath project have provided six examples of riverside regeneration projects from around the world. You can download them by clicking here.
Granary square & canal side: London, UK – this development has acted as a regeneration catalyst in the wider Kings Cross area and has been a key factor for establishing Kings Cross as a cultural and creative hub
Rhone River Banks: Lyon, France: The design consideration for this development was to prevent flooding alongside providing a sensitive approach towards sustainability. The project has, in turn, created a high-quality ecosystem for wildlife.
Cheonggyecheon River Park Seoul, South Korea: This project’s sustainability approach has increased local biodiversity and improved the public transit ridership and the downtown quality of life.
Paprocany Waterfront Tychy, Poland: The different levels offer various ways of navigation and appreciation of views. The play element embodied in the design links with the wider context of play and recreation activities for the area.
Hafen City Hamburg, Germany: Here local materiality has been retained so that the development fits seamlessly into the landscape. There is also a retail and leisure component.
Parade & Canal Square Kilkenny, Ireland: The parade connects the 13th Century Castle to the High Street. Georgian facades and mature trees sit along the path complimenting the area’s heritage.
Members of the public are invited to share their views on these projects as well as their ideas and aspirations for riverside regeneration in Bath via social media @stadiumforbath using the #BathRiverRegen. If you do not have access to social media, you can also share your thoughts via email – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grimshaw has also provided a selection of potential river activities and a wider selection of riverside development projects to open the debate up even further.
Tarquin McDonald concluded; “It might sound surprising, but we want these examples, provided by Grimshaw, to divide opinion. We want them to have the ‘Marmite effect’ because this way we will know what the people of Bath definitely do, and more importantly, definitely don’t, want to see in the designs Grimshaw bring forward. There is a unique opportunity to transform a core part of our city into something truly amazing and I firmly believe that we will get this right if we all work together.
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