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The Rec Development

We have been successful with our recent planning applications which enables us to increase capacity at the Rec by 1,000 for the 2016/17 season onwards – taking us to 14,500 spectators at home games.  This will see the West Stand partially demolished and improved facilities provided, including bars, food outlets and toilets.  The works will take place during the 2016 off-season.

We would like to thank all those who supported us with these applications.  The new consents will last for four years and will enable us to focus solely on resolution of a permanent redevelopment solution for the Rec, without on-going debate around temporary stands during this period. We intend to bring forward permanent development proposals long before the expiry of the four year period.

 

THE VISION

The Rec is the spiritual and historic home of Bath Rugby, with the Club having played here since 1894. We are incredibly proud to be in the heart of the city and in the heart of the community, however, the current facilities at the Rec are crying out for improvement. The current buildings are no longer fit for purpose, falling well below what our supporters want and what Premiership and international Rugby standards demand. In addition, their appearance is far from in keeping with the ground’s riverside setting and Bath’s World Heritage status.

INTERIM PLANS

We have been successful with our recent planning applications which enables us to increase capacity at the Rec by 1,000 for the 2016/17 season onwards – taking us to 14,500 spectators at home games. This will see the West Stand partially demolished and improved facilities provided, including bars, food outlets and toilets. The works will take place during the 2016 off-season.

We would like to thank all those who supported us with these applications.  The new consents will last for four years and will enable us to focus solely on resolution of a permanent redevelopment solution for the Rec, without on-going debate around temporary stands during this period. We intend to bring forward permanent development proposals long before the expiry of the four year period.

Bath Rugby remain committed to finding a long-term permanent solution at the Rec, providing world-class facilities in the centre of Bath, which can be used by all. The Club is bringing all the temporary applications at The Rec together, including the proposed new temporary West Stand, to provide clarity for the next four years. This will give the Club the time to work with all the key stakeholders within the City – including near neighbours - to find the best solution for the City.

THE BATH RECREATION GROUND TRUST

Bath Rugby continues to work closely with The Bath Recreation Ground Trust (RGT), owner of BathRec - responsible for managing and enhancing this iconic space in Bath.

In April 2015, The Trust was declared a standalone charity fully independent of Bath and North East Somerset Council. In September 2015, the Charity Tribunal allowed the Trust’s appeal, clarifying their charitable purpose by judging that BathRec is ‘to be used as a recreation ground for the public at large’ and may be ‘managed by the Trustees in a manner that will further this charitable objective’.

THE FUTURE

Bath Rugby remains focused on securing its long-term future at the Rec, not only as a permanent home for Bath Rugby but also as a real asset to the City. Supporters can keep up to date with all the developing plans for The Rec as well as our 150th Anniversary at www.bathrugby.com as well as the Club’s Facebook and Twitter pages @bathrugby.