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Snell pitches for Yorkshire rugby clubhouse

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Snell Associates has submitted these designs for a new rugby clubhouse and grandstand at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales for planning approval.

The proposals for Ilkley Rugby Club are to replace the existing clubhouse and stand, built in 1924, with a new timber and glass scheme.

According to the London-based practice, the project is located on a flood plain near the River Wharfe, so it has been designed to sit on stilts, which lift the building 1,100mm above the ground.

The design was inspired by the long barns prevalent in the area, with the curved form acting as a wind break and the glazed face overlooking the pitch and the Wharfe Valley below.

The 1,000m2 project is split over two floors. The lower floor will provide six changing rooms as well as a physiotherapy room. The upper floor will provide the club with a gym, a bar and new dining areas.

Should the scheme be granted planning permission, work is likely to start in summer 2008, with completion ready for the beginning of the 2009/10 season.

by Richard Vaughan

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