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Grimshaw gets over the line on Bath Rugby stadium

Grimshaw will create a new stadium to replace Bath Rugby's existing Recreation Ground
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Bath Rugby has appointed Grimshaw to design an 18,000-capacity stadium, which will replace the Premiership team’s Recreation Ground

The London-based practice has previous experience working on projects in Bath, including Thermae Bath Spa and recently approved changes to the grade II-listed former Herman Miller factory for Bath Spa University.

Grimshaw will work up designs to be submitted to planners later this year. Torquay-based Kay Elliott has been appointed destination and interiors architect, while Edinburgh’s Gross Max has been appointed to lead on riverside design and the public realm.

Bath Rugby chief executive Tarquin McDonald said: ‘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.’

Grimshaw partner Kirsten Lees said: ‘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.’

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