May 26, 2018

Ecoscape UK

Arup appointed on new community focused stadium in Bath

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Arup has been appointed by Stadium for Bath to play a central role in the design of a new community-focused stadium for the city.

The appointment follows a rigorous, multi-stage procurement process involving a series of workshops with the Stadium for Bath team. The workshops explored engineering challenges posed by the proposed site, which is positioned in the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage city.

Arup will provide civil, geotechnical, structural, mechanical, electrical and public health engineering as well as ICT, audio visual, acoustic and specialist lighting design for the new 18,000 seat, digitally-enabled stadium. Arup’s team will be led from Bristol and will work closely with the other firms appointed to design the stadium: Grimshaw Architects, Kay Elliot and Gross Max.

Mike Cribb, associate director at Arup, said: “We’re excited to be part of this iconic project that that will enhance the city of Bath; complimenting its UNESCO-designated architectural heritage. A particular area of focus for us will be exploring material options for the stadium’s roof that will suit the setting and enhance the stadium’s atmosphere.”

Arup’s 350-strong Bristol office has delivered infrastructure and building engineering services for a series of significant projects across the city of Bath, including the SouthGate shopping centre, the bus transport interchange at Bath Spa Station, and Thermae Bath Spa. Arup’s current project portfolio in Bath includes the renewal of the former Herman Miller factory as a new home for Bath Spa University’s School of Art and Design.

Tarquin Mcdonald, Bath Rugby chief executive, commented: “Arup has a strong track record in delivering projects for sporting stadiums throughout the country, and this combined with their experience in working in our unique World Heritage City of Bath puts the company in a strong position to help deliver a stadium that the entire city can be proud of. Arup’s expertise will be invaluable, and as we strive to create not only a home for Bath Rugby but a stadium for the Bath community. We’re looking forward to their design input over the coming months as a vision for Stadium for Bath begins to take shape.” 

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