Stadium for Bath, the group heading up a stadium expansion project for English Premiership rugby union team Bath, has appointed engineering and design consultancy Arup to play a central role in the design of the facility.

Arup will provide a range of building engineering and specialist technical services, with the company having been appointed following a multi-stage procurement process involving a series of workshops with the Stadium for Bath team.

The workshops considered the engineering challenges posed by the proposed site, which is positioned in the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage city.

Arup will provide Stadium for Bath with civil, geotechnical, structural, mechanical, electrical and public health engineering as well as IT, audiovisual, acoustic and specialist lighting design for the stadium, which will have a capacity of 18,000. Arup’s team will be led from Bristol and the company will work with Grimshaw Architects, Kay Elliot and Gross Max on the project.

Arup has delivered a host of significant projects across Bath, including the Southgate shopping centre, the bus transport interchange and retail development at Bath Spa Station, and Thermae Bath Spa.

Arup’s other stadium projects include Lord’s cricket ground, the new Brentford Community Stadium and the new home of Italian Serie A football club Fiorentina.

Bath Rugby chief executive Tarquin Mcdonald said: “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.”

Mike Cribb, associate director and Arup project manager for Stadium for Bath, added “We’re excited to be part of this iconic project that will enhance the city of Bath; complementing 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.”

Bath plays at the Recreation Ground (pictured).

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