- To design the South stand for Bath Rugby Stadium to complement the Grimshaw designs for the other three stands.
- Aim to allow the design to be occupied for as many days of the year as possible outside of match days.
- Create a space for all Bathonians, where community and sports meet.
- Consider sustainability and reduction of energy demands.
The team kept Bath rugby fans at the heart of their design: creating a unified bowl with the Grimshaw stands for a better match experience. However, the design implements new uses for the spaces by transforming the site into a wellbeing hub at the heart of Bath. The scheme includes a community sport hall and consultation rooms, as well as a new cycling hub and arrival point for the visitors of Bath.
"Our design ties together the park’s three green areas - the sports park, the historic Parade Gardens, and the cricket pitch. The stadium is currently only open to the public an average of 20 times a year. We believe the stadium has the potential to play a greater role in the community." - Lucie
"We took inspiration from the home of English rugby, Twickenham, as well as more disruptive stadia design such as the Brasilla National Stadium, Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, and the Tokyo Olympic Stadium." - Jack
"It was our intention to bring the atmosphere experienced within the bowl to the other aspects of the building, giving attention to the experience on the concourse and approaching the stadium." - Dom
The concourse space in the scheme is a generous eight metre deep circulation zone that wraps around the stadium. This space is populated by small bars and food kiosks, with a larger bar at the centre of the stand.
The stand’s boxes are designed with flexibility so they can change purpose to consultation rooms when there’s no match playing. The team proposed there could be a partnership between the companies which rent the boxes and mental health charities.