STADIUM FOR BATH WILL DRIVE UPTAKE IN SPORT AND ADDRESS SPECIFIC SOCIAL NEEDS IN BATH
New stadium will provide a sporting and social legacy for the City of Bath with emphasis on five key areas:
- Providing a hybrid or artificial pitch with facilities which will facilitate public use and drive sporting participation
- Becoming an additional ‘sport focused campus’ accessible for all primary schools in Bath and North East Somerset
- Delivering multiple apprenticeships and hundreds of BTECs annually
- Creating a new ’sport’s officer’ role to deliver a cohesive approach to health and wellbeing in Bath with the objective of driving sporting participation
- Offering collaborative workspace and partnership opportunities for locally based charities
Stadium for Bath, the project that brings together Bath Rugby, Bath Rugby Foundation and Arena 1865 could provide a sporting and social legacy for the city focused on participation, well-being, learning and development. This social legacy hub will be based in the stadium’s community focused East Stand.
Its overall community-focused agenda will be to drive active involvement in grassroots sport and to address specific social needs in the city directly by way of targeted education opportunities for young adults, and indirectly by supporting charitable organisations operating in Bath. The project will focus particularly on children and young people, with an additional emphasis on promoting women’s sport.
A new ‘Sport’s Officer’ role will be created to ensure the delivery of a cohesive approach to sport, health and wellbeing in Bath, with the objective of driving an increased level of participation in grassroots sports making use of the stadium facilities. This new role will work with B&NES in terms of aligning objectives around sporting participation, obesity, health and well-being.
Early indications show that the new stadium could also become an additional ‘sport focused campus’ accessible for all primary schools in Bath and North East Somerset. As part of its ambition to inspire the next generations to take up grassroots sport, Stadium for Bath will promote the use of its facilities to all primary schools within the area as a venue to host their annual sports days. In addition, it hopes to create learning experiences through unique access and insight into the world of professional sport to promote a legacy of life-long sporting participation, and engagement in personal wellbeing and nutrition.
These sporting objectives will be supported by the provision of a hybrid or artificial pitch with public access facilities, which will not only provide the best possible playing surface for elite sport, but which will also support on-going use outside of matchdays which is not possible with the existing playing surface.
Stadium for Bath will also look to deliver several apprenticeships and up to 200 vocational academic qualifications annually, primarily focused on BTECs. The redevelopment will be a catalyst for accelerating the impact of the important work already being carried out by Bath Rugby Foundation. Up to 200 young people will be supported and enrolled into what will be the charity’s ‘Development Academy’.
An education suite will provide classroom space with supporting facilities to allow for lessons and mentoring to take place including the use of outside sports space for students who may struggle to focus through extended classroom periods. The principle user will be Bath Rugby Foundation to deliver BTEC classes at levels 1, 2 and 3. In addition, a minimum of five apprenticeship roles are being targeted annually in the various commercial and operational activities at the site.
It is also intended that office and classroom space located in the community focused East Stand will be available for use by charitable organisations in Bath. The provision of a unique space would allow for face-to-face, cross-charity collaborative working which often currently happens ‘online’ due to lack of free and available space. The opportunity for dedicated workspace will also be explored. The creation of this community hub could help enhance the impact of local charitable organisations.
All of the above will look to be provided as part of the Stadium for Bath project. This is in addition to the rent which Bath Rugby currently pay to not-for-profit charity, Bath Recreation Ltd for use of the land at the Rec. All rent received from Bath Rugby is invested by Bath Recreation Ltd in sport and recreational activity in Bath and the surrounding communities.
Tarquin McDonald, Chief Executive, Bath Rugby commented
“We feel a great sense of opportunity and also responsibility with this project… Opportunity and responsibility in terms of stadium design and riverside regeneration, but also in terms of the significant contribution we can make to the community through the long term social legacy this project can create.
“We believe in the power of elite sport to inspire and instil a sense of pride. We also recognise the unique opportunity we have to use sport every day, to promote sporting participation and active engagement with people from all corners of the city to promote physical and mental wellbeing, promote social cohesion and to support our communities.
“This is a unique moment in time. Stadium for Bath could be transformative not only by providing an exceptional place and riverside that we can all enjoy, but by driving real change in the heart of the city.
“We hope that you will support this project, and everything that it can bring to the city.”
Lynne Fernquest, Chief Executive, Bath Rugby Foundation commented:
“Bath Rugby Foundation uses the values of sport to change the lives of disadvantaged children and young people and over the last 15 years we are proud to have helped thousands of youngsters in B&NES discover and reach their full potential.
“We already work in schools, in the community and in our own classroom, but Stadium for Bath will provide us with the purpose-built space to connect and collaborate with other like-minded charities for the benefit of the increasing number of children and young people who need us.
“By supporting this project with its many benefits you’ll also be pledging to protect our most precious resource – the next generation.”
Stadium for Bath is urging the public to get behind the project:
Stadium for Bath’s public consultation will be held in the Ricoh Suite, in the South Stand of Bath’s current stadium at the Rec, from 11am 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 design concepts.
For those who are unable to attend the event, all of the information will also be available via www.stadiumforbath.com along with an online feedback form.
ARUP APPOINTED ON STADIUM FOR BATH PROJECT
Stadium for Bath has appointed a leading engineering firm to play a central role in the design of a new community-focused stadium for the city.
Global engineering and design consultancy Arup has been appointed by Stadium for Bath, which brings together Bath Rugby, Bath Rugby Foundation and Arena 1865. Arup will provide an extensive range of building engineering and specialist technical services.
The appointment follows a rigorous, multi-stage procurement process involving a series of workshops with the Stadium for Bath team. The workshops explored engineering challenges posed by the proposed site, which is positioned in the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage city.
Arup will provide civil, geotechnical, structural, mechanical, electrical and public health engineering as well as ICT, audiovisual, acoustic and specialist lighting design for the new 18,000 seat, digitally-enabled stadium. Arup’s team will be led from Bristol and will work closely with the other firms appointed to design the stadium: Grimshaw Architects, Kay Elliot and Gross Max.
The unique considerations and technical challenges that come with working in Bath are well understood by Arup – its 350-strong Bristol office has delivered infrastructure and building engineering services for a series of significant projects across the city, including the Southgate shopping centre, the bus transport interchange and retail development at Bath Spa Station, and Thermae Bath Spa. Arup’s current project portfolio includes renewal of the former Herman Miller factory as a new home for Bath Spa University’s Bath School of Art and Design.
Arup is recognised as a global leader in the design of sports stadia, with current and recent projects including new and upgraded stands at Lord’s in London as well as the design of Brentford Community Stadium (football and rugby), and a new home for Italian football club, ACF Fiorentina. Arup’s past stadia projects include Twickenham, Singapore Sports Hub and the ‘Bird’s Nest’ built for the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Commenting on the announcement Tarquin Mcdonald, Bath Rugby Chief Executive said:
“Arup has a strong track record in delivering projects for sporting stadiums throughout the country, and this combined with their experience in working in our unique World Heritage City of Bath puts the company in a strong position to help deliver a stadium that the entire city can be proud of.
“Arup’s expertise will be invaluable, and as we strive to create not only a home for Bath Rugby but a stadium for the Bath community. We’re looking forward to their design input over the coming months as a vision for Stadium for Bath begins to take shape.”
Mike Cribb, Associate director and Arup project manager for Stadium for Bath, said;
“We’re excited to be part of this iconic project that will enhance the city of Bath; complimenting its UNESCO-designated architectural heritage. A particular area of focus for us will be exploring material options for the stadium’s roof that will suit the setting and enhance the stadium’s atmosphere.”
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.
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.
Visit www.stadiumforbath.com for more information.
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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