Whilst our non-essential operations have understandably come to a pause, the compulsory work to renovate the playing surface and repair drainage systems at the Rec has been able to commence.
It became apparent earlier during this season that the existing drainage system had degraded earlier than anticipated, resulting in a playing surface which struggled to meet the demands of the professional game, in particular with the unprecedented wet conditions endured for many months. The drainage system is now being replaced and enhanced to provide the appropriate pitch standards required for the top-flight domestic and European competitions, taking account of the Rec’s unique topography and riverside location.
The work was originally planned to take place during the summer months when no rugby was expected to be played. However, with uncertainty around exact dates of season recommencement, but the potential of a lot of rugby to be played to see out the remainder of the 2019/20 season, it is crucial that this renovation was able to be fit into the current period of inactivity.
The nature of all work being undertaken has been approved as safe and appropriate in light of existing government guidelines.