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Arup wins Bath stadium contract

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Arup has been appointed as the lead engineer for Bath’s new 18,000-seat stadium.

The new stadium will be built on the site of the current recreation ground which plays home to Bath Rugby club.

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 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. Grimshaw was appointed as the lead architect in January.

A final design proposal is expected around the end of the year, which will tackle the engineering challenges posed by the proposed site, which is positioned in the centre of the UNESCO World Heritage city.

Mike Cribb, Associate Director and Arup’s Project Manager for Stadium for Bath, 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 has worked on several iconic sporting stadiums in the past, including the Bird’s Nest for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Twickenham and AFC Fiorentina’s ground.

Bath Rugby Chief Executive Tarquin Mcdonald added: “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.”

The Bath stadium joins an ever growing list of stadium redevelopments in the UK.

Crystal Palace FC announced £100M stadium redevelopment plans last month. Meanwhile, New Civil Engineer also recently reported that Chelsea had selected VolkerFitzpatrick as its preferred supplier for Stamford Bridge rail works. 

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