Let’s build it lower – new stadium plans on view.

Bath Rugby Club is back with a new public consultation regarding its multi-million pound re-development plans for the stadium – and there is plenty to see at the city Guildhall – in the Brunswick Room – through to Saturday.


I will give timings in a moment but first l was lucky enough to scoop a video interview with Tarquin McDonald who is CEO for Bath Rugby.

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He talks about reducing the height of the new stand, where the team hope to play during the work, why they won’t be staging major pop concerts in the new-look stadium and we touched on who is paying and whether it’s money well spent.

Do click on the video below.

The proposals include plans to breathe new life into the riverside realm between Pulteney Bridge and North Parade and to improve access to the city centre from that eastern bank of the River Avon, which sits adjacent to the Rec.

In addition, the community-focused East stand will drive active involvement in grassroots sport by addressing specific social needs via targeted education opportunities for young adults and supporting charitable organisations operating in Bath.

Stadium for Bath held a consultation on the emerging concept designs in July. Over 1000 people attended this event in person, with a further 16,000 people engaging online via social media and the Stadium for Bath website.

The project team has since collated all feedback received during this time and fed it directly back into the design process.

Following this, a preferred scheme from the emerging concepts has been developed.

In order to progress these plans to both regenerate the riverside and create new world-class facilities for everyone to enjoy at the Rec, Stadium for Bath is launching the final round of consultation.

The public exhibition will be held in the Brunswick Room at the Guildhall in the centre of the city on:

  1. Wednesday 5thDecember – 12:00pm to 6:00pm
  2. Thursday 6thDecember – 11:00am to 7:00pm
  3. Friday 7thDecember – 11:00am to 7:00pm
  4. Saturday 8thDecember – 10:00am to 4:00pm

At the event, there will be the opportunity to speak with members of the project team, ask questions and give feedback on the developed concept design.

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.

NB. All visuals in this item are by Chris Walker.