The West Stand

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As Sta­dium for Bath put their lat­est plans on dis­play at the Guild­hall, we take a closer look at what the pro­posed West Stand and river­side space would in­clude. If plan­ning per­mis­sion is granted it would be the first time there has ever been a per­ma­nent four-sided sta­dium on the Rec. The West side is seen as the com­mer­cial side of what would be a new home for Bath Rugby, with the “river­side park” pro­vid­ing var­i­ous at­trac­tions for the pub­lic to en­joy...

The West Stand ex­te­rior

The top of the three-storey stand would have glass pan­els, set back from the outer edge to soften the vis­ual im­pact on the sky­line, and an open ter­race with views across the city. The mid­dle storey’s fa­cade would be more con­tem­po­rary, with an­odised alu­minium and glass to al­low light in and views out, plus colon­nades in a nod to Ro­man ar­chi­tec­ture. The ground floor would in­clude pre-cast ma­sonry in a style and colour to fit in with the Ge­or­gian ar­chi­tec­ture of Bath, and arches with echoes of the Ro­man Baths. Sta­dium for Bath have con­sulted His­toric Eng­land in a bid to en­sure, wher­ever pos­si­ble, the out­stand­ing uni­ver­sal val­ues (OUVS) of a World Her­itage City are con­sid­ered.

The West Stand in­te­rior

The con­course un­der­neath the West Stand would be the home of the “Mar­ket Hall”, pro­mot­ing lo­cal food and drink pro­duc­ers, arts and crafts. It could also cater for pop-up restau­rants and ex­hi­bi­tions on non-match­days. With a com­mu­nal din­ing area, the glass panel doors on the ground floor could be opened up

on match­days. The first floor would have con­fer­enc­ing and event space, a Premium Lounge on match­days and a 250-cover restau­rant as well as a prom­e­nade with river­side views. The top floor would con­tain hos­pi­tal­ity boxes. On non-match­days there would be a tea­room, cock­tail lounge and open ter­race with views of the Abbey, the river and the city cen­tre.

The River­side

The 40,000 sq ft “river­side park” vi­sion in­cludes a paved ter­race, steps, foun­tains, spa­ces for art and per­for­mance, a re­ju­ve­nated river­side path, a new pedes­trian ac­cess from North Pa­rade and a “walk of fame” cel­e­brat­ing the city’s sport­ing her­itage. In an ex­hi­bi­tion of Sta­dium for Bath’s con­cept de­signs in the sum­mer, the idea of a bridge over to Pa­rade Gar­dens - which is coun­cil land - was mooted. That will not be in­cluded in the plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, but a “sim­ple yet el­e­gant” bridge across to a view­point on Avon Is­land near the ra­dial gate is planned. There would also be the po­ten­tial for moor­ings to “ac­ti­vate” the river­bank. A Sta­dium for Bath spokes­woman said: “The project pro­vides a once-ina-life­time op­por­tu­nity to re­gen­er­ate a ne­glected area of river­side in the heart of Bath; cre­at­ing a new space for all to en­joy. “An en­hanced river­side will con­trib­ute a sig­nif­i­cant pub­lic ben­e­fit for the city and the lo­cal com­mu­nity; im­prov­ing the river cor­ri­dor and this ‘river room’ in the heart of Bath. “It will also pro­vide a unique and com­ple­men­tary set­ting for the sta­dium.”

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