The three week consultation period on the Stadium for Bath Development Brief has ended and responses will be published, and an updated final version of the Development Brief will be available via stadiumforbath.com. The consultation follows a 12-month pre-design consultation. The project is now in 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 was prepared in conjunction with key stakeholders and Bath and North East Somerset Council (“BANES”). 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.
Arup for engineering
Meanwhile, Stadium for Bath has appointed engineering and design consultancy Arup to 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.