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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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.
GRIMSHAW APPOINTED AS LEAD ARCHITECT
Following a rigorous selection process, Stadium for Bath – the project that brings together Bath Rugby, Bath Rugby Foundation and Arena 1865 – has appointed globally renowned firm Grimshaw as lead architect to realise the vision for a new community focused stadium in the heart of Bath – a certified UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Multi award-winning firm Grimshaw – whose design credentials span across the globe – have been appointed to develop plans for an exceptional new stadium, with a target capacity of 18,000, which will replace Bath Rugby’s current facilities at the Recreation Ground in the City of Bath. Grimshaw’s current and previous experience includes sporting destinations such as the Wimbledon Master Plan, including No1 Court, the Curragh Racecourse; and the delivery of projects in sensitive heritage locations such as Thermae Bath Spa and the recently approved changes to the grade II-Listed former Herman Miller factory for Bath Spa University.
Stadium for Bath undertook a rigorous architect selection process. Design credentials and design process were key to selection but equal importance was placed on the individuals, the team and the way they work. In addition, as part of the pre-design listening process Stadium for Bath asked stakeholders, including local residents and supporters, to list their considerations for appointing a lead architect and design team.
The project team reviewed a long list of top-name architects and specifically engaged with eight as part of the selection process. A fundamental quality of the winning architect was the demonstration of its ability to listen and collaborate with all stakeholders as part of the design process.
Stadium for Bath intends to submit a final design for planning approval during 2018.
Commenting on today’s announcement Tarquin McDonald, Bath Rugby Chief Executive said:
“This project is about a Club that plays its rugby and lives in the heart of Bath – a World Heritage site – and has done so for over 120 years. However, if we want to continue to be Bath Rugby and remain in the heart of this unique city we must be so much more than a rugby club. Stadium for Bath is about delivering a new home for Bath Rugby but it is clear that this project goes beyond that. It is about rugby as a catalyst for riverside regeneration in the centre of Bath and the provision of significant community benefits that create a legacy for everyone whether or not they are rugby supporters.
“We have spent months undertaking a robust architect selection process and believe that we now have the best team in place to design an amazing place to watch rugby and a truly exceptional destination that will become a jewel in the city’s crown.
“We will now accelerate the design process and we look forward to consulting with stakeholders across the city, including local residents and our supporters, as we all work together to create a brilliant legacy for Bath.”
Kirsten Lees, Partner at Grimshaw
“We very much look forward to working with Stadium for Bath to deliver this hugely prestigious and exciting project. The site’s sensitive and complex location demands a very special and unique design response in order to deliver the project’s aspirational objectives. The scheme is set to deliver wider benefits to the city including riverside regeneration and an enhanced relationship with the Recreation Ground in order to provide an exceptional new home for Bath Rugby, emblematic of its place, its community and the UNESCO World Heritage City of Bath.”
The design aesthetic and stadium experience will be fundamental to the overall design solution. It is clear that the smart use of space at the site, the design of internal and operational spaces, and the landscape setting of the stadium will also be essential components of a successful design. Grimshaw has therefore appointed two further practices, Kay Elliott and Gross Max, as sub-contractors to provide further design expertise on this unique project.
Kay Elliott has been appointed Destination and Interiors Architect. Kay Elliott will have overarching responsibility for designing the internal look and feel of the new stadium. Internal areas include hospitality, player areas, bars and toilets, together with non-matchday uses such as conferencing and banqueting.
Gross Max has been appointed to lead on riverside design and the public realm to ensure that they are delivered to an exceptional standard befitting Bath.
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STADIUM FOR BATH
Stadium for Bath is about creating something exceptional in the heart of Bath. it’s about delivering a new home for Bath Rugby, regenerating the riverside in the heart of Bath, and creating wider sporting and city benefits, building a brilliant legacy for all. It’s about providing world-class facilities and an amazing place to watch rugby. It’s about a design solution which both celebrates and complements Bath, and which ensures that Bath Rugby continues to be a source of pride and inspiration for the city. It’s a place that will become a catalyst for helping Bath Rugby Foundation deliver wider sporting and community benefits; focusing in particular on empowering young people to succeed in life.
Stadium for Bath is the project which brings together Bath Rugby, Bath Rugby Foundation and Arena 1865.
Founded in 1980, Grimshaw operates worldwide, with offices in New York, London, Doha, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne and Sydney employing over 500 staff. The practice’s international portfolio covers various sectors, with substantial experience in aviation projects of all scales, leisure schemes, transport, offices, education, sports, the industrial sector and master planning. Committed to providing architecture of the highest calibre, the company’s work is characterised by strong conceptual legibility, innovation and a rigorous approach to detailing, underpinned by the principles of enduring and sustainable design. Grimshaw has been honoured with over 200 international design awards including the prestigious Lubetkin Prize.
Kay Elliott is an international studio of highly imaginative architects and designers, creating buildings and places that enhance their surroundings and the lives of all who use them.
Their projects include commercial, cultural, housing, health, education sectors, the leisure sector, regeneration and masterplanning. Kay Elliott’s built portfolio amounts to £1/2 billion, spanning 24 countries on 4 continents and serving 25 million users each year.
GROSS. MAX., founded in 1995 by partners Bridget Baines and Eelco Hooftman, has been widely regarded as one of the few UK-based exponents of a new generation of contemporary European landscape architecture. With their headquarters located in Edinburgh GROSS MAX have gained a reputation for delivering contemporary landscape designs within the most sensitive settings. Winning numerous competitions and awards for public space, the practice has an international portfolio of exciting and challenging projects.
Current projects in their portfolio include -amongst others- an urban master plan along the River Garonne opposite the Unesco World Heritage City of Bordeaux, France and the River Thames Waterfront of Greenwich Peninsular, London.
stadium for bath appoints chief technology officer
Stadium for Bath scores its first win with appointment of Premier Football Tech Expert, Mike Bohndiek as Chief Technology Officer
Stadium for Bath – the project that brings together Bath Rugby, Bath Rugby Foundation and Arena 1865 in the joint ambition of delivering a new community focused stadium at the Rec – today announced that it has appointed Mike Bohndiek to the freshly created role of Chief Technology Officer.
Bohndiek joins as a consultant from his recently formed organisation, Pragmatic Technological Insight (PTI), following three years with West Ham United Football Club transforming their customer experience through the use of technology.
With 13 years in the sports tech sector, Bohndiek has a wealth of experience. In that time, he has deployed large-scale technology into 14 UK sporting venues, and overseen two major stadium transformations, most recently the move from West Ham’s ground at Upton Park to the Olympic Stadium in Stratford.
Bohndiek’s appointment comes at a crucial time for the stadium development team as they look to appoint a lead architect and design team to commence the stadium design process early next year.
“It is our ambition to create something exceptional in the heart of Bath, and technology is a fundamental part of that. We live in a connected world and we need smart solutions to ensure that Stadium for Bath maximizes the opportunities not just in terms of creating an amazing place to watch and enjoy rugby, but also in terms of wider social and community benefits” said Tarquin McDonald, Chief Executive of Bath Rugby.
“We want to ensure that every stage of the supporter, customer and community experience benefits from the best possible technological solutions. This includes the basics of supporters getting in touch to find friends and their ability to share and celebrate moments and memories at games, but also the times in between and travelling to/from games for example providing up to date travel information which can mitigate congestion in Bath and the impact on residents on match days. Technology provides the opportunity for interaction and benefits for supporters, customers, and the wider community not just on matchdays and we want to ensure we realise those benefits for everyone.”
He added, “I’m absolutely delighted to welcome Mike to the team. He will play a vital role in helping to shape our technology infrastructure and strategy as we accelerate our efforts towards delivering a new Stadium for Bath.
“His deep understanding of sports technology and of the impact digitisation is having on our industry, coupled with his focus on customer and supporter experiences, will prove invaluable as we seek to harness the power of technology to make the new stadium exceptional for everyone.”
Bohndiek takes up his new role at the start of January.
STADIUM FOR BATH: OPPORTUNITY FOR REDEVELOPMENT REVEALED
New home for Bath Rugby should benefit local community, support amateur sport and be the catalyst for riverside regeneration
Following an extensive nine-month consultation – ahead of appointing a lead architect and design team – Bath Rugby today launch Stadium for Bath. A flagship project that brings together the Club, 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.
In conjunction with the launch Stadium for Bath today publish a document detailing the opportunity it believes redevelopment at the Rec presents not only for Bath Rugby but for the wider community and the City of Bath.
The document is titled ‘Exploring the Opportunity’ and includes findings from independently facilitated, ‘pre-design’ listening consultation workshops, which took place throughout 2017.
Before designs are produced, the team focused on listening to the thoughts, hopes and concerns of several stakeholder groups regarding redevelopment at the Rec. These groups included local residents and near neighbours, city representatives, local community groups, technical planning consultees and supporters, including those with accessible needs.
The overall vision for redevelopment; consideration of the unique challenges of the site; thoughts on opportunities offered by redevelopment and the key parameters for the appointment of a lead architect and design team are also included in the document.
Tarquin McDonald, Chief Executive, Bath Rugby
“For most of this year, we have been listening to the people that live and work here in Bath. This is a complex project, of huge importance to all involved and we will get it right if we all work together.
“We now believe there is an opportunity to create something exceptional in the heart of this incredible city. Something which reflects its ambition and rich heritage and is a source of pride and inspiration for everyone.
“At the core of this sits a new stadium at the Rec and a new home for Bath Rugby. However, it is clear that this project is not just about rugby. There is a unique opportunity to create a destination which revitalises the riverside, which benefits and enhances the community and encourages healthier living through accessible and inclusive sporting participation.
“We believe that with the right design team we can find a solution which both celebrates and complements Bath, and which ensures that Bath Rugby continues to be a source of pride and inspiration for the city.”
Today’s announcement closes the door on the previous design proposals, which were presented nearly four years ago. Given the passage of time and the unique location of the Rec, it is only right to look again at the design.
Stadium for Bath will appoint a lead architect in the New Year and commence the design journey.
There will be further consultation at each stage of the collaborative design process, and Stadium for Bath will be proactively inviting views throughout.
Exploring the Opportunity – download or read online below:
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